Care About Child Care? 5 Reasons You Want to Be at the 2020 Symposium

March 06, 2020


It happens every other year. Child Care Aware® of America hosts a Symposium that brings together individuals from across the country to discuss the latest research, policy and practices related to the early child care and education community.  This year’s 4-day event offers participants opportunities to hear from and connect with thought leaders, Congressional staff and other early education professionals.

“It is easy to get caught up in our day-to-day tasks. Symposium is a very tangible, real reminder of why we do our work, why we are here! …And how important that work is!”– participant, 2018 Symposium 

Here’s why you don’t want to miss the 2020 Symposium: 

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Number 1: Plenary Speakers

Five dynamic plenary sessions featuring leaders in research, government, policy and practice. Dr. Junlei Li of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (and formerly with the Fred Rogers Center) will lead a session on the power early childhood professionals have to offer a vision of hope to young children, families and neighborhoods.

Number 2: Your Choice of Breakout Sessions

Nineteen breakout sessions on topics you told us are important to you: equity, CCDBG, workforce development, brain science, health, using data in advocacy, family engagement, compensation and much more. 

“I found every session and plenary to be worth attending. …Very high quality and meaningful information that moved from what we all already know, to the next level.” 

Number 3: Networking 

Opportunities to network throughout the event – during meals, within breakout sessions, between sessions and through after-hours socializing. 

“It’s amazing to learn and grow your knowledge by meeting with all others at the event. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time.” 

Advocacy day on the Hill visits

Number 4: Advocacy Opportunities

Day on the Hill. Let your voice be heard on Capitol HillMeet with Congressional legislators from your state and tell them what issues are paramount to you. Let them know about needed policy changes to advance safe, affordable and high-quality child care in your area. 

“I really enjoyed working with and going to the Hill with the parents and CCR&Rs. They revitalized me and reminded me of the importance of the work we all do.” 

Number 5: DC Adventures

You’re in Washington, so take some “me time” to explore the sights of the metro region. Plan your own outings, or sign up for one of the three offsite excursions we’re organizing: go to dinner or shop at the National Harbor, shop the night away at the Tanger Outlets or try your luck at the MGM Grand Casino.   


There’s a bonus option, too: a special pre-conference training-of-trainers on Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers. Participants will learn how to help providers: 

  • Understand recognized child care emergency preparedness standards and discuss how to incorporate them into a written emergency plan 
  • Identify and discuss emergencies that may affect their program 
  • Recognize ways to support the emotional needs of children and caregivers after an emergency 
  • Identify resources available to support child care emergency preparedness 

 Don’t wait! Register now for the 2020 Symposium. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy

Written by Laurie Rackas

Laurie Rackas is the Content Developer on CCAoA's Marketing & Communications team. She is a writer, editor and video producer who specializes in writing for and about children. For her work, she's been awarded six Emmys and a PBS Advertising & Promotion Award, among others.