CCAoA’s 2023 Symposium will feature five highly relevant session tracks for you to choose from. Attendees will gain access to the latest research, innovations and effective models in the areas of practice, policy, advocacy and movement-building to continue fighting for a better child care system. Explore our session tracks below and plan your experience.

Innovative programs and practices

Meet innovative thought leaders in child care approaching problems with exciting solutions. Sessions will touch on forward-thinking approaches on current child care hot topics, leadership development, coaching, and strategies for training & technical assistance. 

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    • Beyond the Child Care Search: CCR&Rs as Navigators for Families
    • Elevating the Voices of Early Learning Educators to Ensure Equitable Access for Children with Disabilities
    • It is Our Business: Innovative Practices that Spark Business Engagement
    • Technical Assistance Innovation: Maine’s First Pod Model Child Care
    • Nurturing Homes Initiative Celebrates the Return of Strengthening Unlicensed Family Child Care in Mississippi

Cutting edge research

Data is one of our most valuable tools.  Hear the most up-to-date and relevant research from experts in the field on subjects that will make the most impact on your work. 

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    • Strengthening Children’s Health through Child Care: A Case Study Review of Mapping
    • Introducing the National Database of Child Care Prices
    • What Does Quality Look Like in Nontraditional Hours Care?
    • Considering School-Age Children Within the Child Care Space: A Review of Existing Data and Knowledge Gaps
    • The State of Quality Interactions in Early Childhood Education: Where We Are and Where We Can Go

Stand for child care

How can we create a united voice for child care? Movement building involves connecting with businesses, policy makers and social services in our community to advocate and support policies for quality, affordable child care. Learn how to advocate and make impactful connections within your community.  

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    • Using Data to Inform Advocacy Efforts
    • Getting What We Need…For our Child Care System: A Lesson in Local, Grassroots Advocacy
    • The Momentum is Real: Implementation Progress on the Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession
    • Centering Black Children, Families and the ECE Workforce: An Unapologetic Call To Action
    • Amplify Your Outreach: Successful Strategies to Build Capacity

Elevating the child care system

Elevating the child care system involves family and community engagement, capacity building, workforce development, knowledge about state licensing requirements, and more. This track will highlight solutions to these varied challenges child care businesses face today, and how systems level leaders are instrumental in this success. 

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    • Making Child Care Accessible with Collaborative Human-Centered Design
    • Equity Check: How to Create and Use an Equity Toolkit to Make Decisions
    • Taking Care of Business: CCR&R Resources & Supports

Strengthening your child care program

Engage with leading experts to grow and improve your child care setting through conversations and strategies about how to build your programs’ competencies and capacities.  

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    • Bridging the Talent Challenge: Cost-Effective Recruitment and Retention of Staff and Leadership
    • Active Play! A Stress Reliever for Pandemic Blues that Promotes Young Children’s Overall Well-being
    • Universal Program Practices: Lessons From an Inclusion Preschool

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