Sara Diamond

Sara Diamond
As a Partner Success Director, Sara embraces opportunities to engage with perspective members, strengthen client relationships and find solutions to effectively support their needs. A former toddler teacher and center director, Sara brings years of experience in early care and education along with her knowledge of quality interactions and system building from her work as a CLASS Trainer and former NAEYC Accreditation staff member. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Recently, Sara relocated to Knoxville TN and enjoys walking her dog, hiking and camping in the great outdoors.

Recent Posts

CCAoA Member Exclusive: Trauma Informed Resources from Sesame Street in Communities!

By Sara Diamond on August 15, 2019

For more than 50 years, Sesame Street has worked to build stronger, smarter and kinder communities. Now, they’re coming to your neighborhood. Sesame Street in Communities, together with Child Care Aware® of America, is excited to provide free resources for parents and providers working to get every child in their lives school ready. We are recruiting Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) staff serving families and providers to participate in one of two cohorts that use Sesame resources for school readiness. CCAoA Members can sign up to participate today! 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development

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Put Us On Your Summer To-Do List!

By Sara Diamond on April 24, 2019

Summer is my favorite time of year and I find that it’s hard to accomplish everything I hope to achieve before the season ends. Recently, I started to brainstorm my summer “to-do” list to help me prioritize and plan my summer adventures. I’m not sure what you usually set your sights on, but typically on my list are activities such as reading a best seller, taking a beach trip, and visiting family. This year, at the top of my list is crossing America’s longest swinging bridge. The Swinging Bridge to Prosperity stretches 335 feet (which is longer than a football field) and 70 feet above the east prong of the Little Pigeon River in Tennessee. Can you imagine?! This will take me outside of my comfort zone and challenge me more than some of the other items on my list, for sure!

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Introducing: A Webinar Series Focused On Consumer Education Excellence

By Sara Diamond on March 04, 2019

It can happen suddenly—a job offer that starts next week, an injury, or news of expecting a baby are only a few of the situations that can leave a family suddenly searching for child care. Many families not only feel the pressure of their circumstances, but can become easily overwhelmed and struggle to understand the different options for child care in their community. Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make, which is why the role of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies as a reliable source of information is so crucial. Quality consumer education and engagement practices reduce barriers families face when accessing quality child care by ensuring they receive trusted information that supports their roles as decision makers and advocates.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development

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Ami Gadhia: Advancing our Mission as our New Chief of Policy, Programs and Research

By Sara Diamond on March 01, 2019

We are pleased to introduce our new Chief of Policy, Programs and Research, Ami Gadhia.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Ringing in the New Year: Celebrating 35 Years of Service to Essex County

By Sara Diamond on February 11, 2019


Dr. Beverly Lynn, CEO of Programs for Parents in Newark, New Jersey, wanted to do something really special to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of their non-profit organization, which serves as the principal advocate for child care services in Essex County and offers a full range of services, including professional development, technical assistance and parent education.

On January 3rd, 2019, she was joined by board members, parents, and providers to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Lynn to learn more about this amazing honor.


Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building

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Introducing: Member Meet Ups

By Sara Diamond on October 18, 2018


Dear Diary,

When I’m attending a conference for work, I’m usually so tired from attending sessions all day that I just grab a quick bite from the hotel’s restaurant and crash in the evening. Plus, I hate eating alone in public. It’s so boring!

But today was different. Tonight, I was invited to meet up with a few other members of Child Care Aware® of America, an organization that I joined a while back. Until now, I’ve not really had an opportunity to meet anyone who works there or network with other members. I was a little unsure of what to expect, but everyone was friendly, and the conversation was good! It was wonderful to meet others with the passion for quality care for children and great to meet other people like me. Now that I think about it, I would have never had conversations with members from other states, and I learned so much! It was insightful and a good time all around.

Topics: Professional Development

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