CCAoA’s 2024 Symposium will feature four 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. 

  • Sessions
    • Innovative Approaches that States are Doing to Grow and Sustain Quality Initiatives 
    • Investing in Family Child Care Leadership 
    • Professionalism in ECE: Navigating Conflict and Building Trust 
    • Improving Educator Pipelines and Pathways via Apprenticeship 
    • Empowering Leaders Closest to Children: Strong State-Local Partnership 
    • The Future of Child Care Business Supports
    • ECE Professional Development Training and TA Glossary

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. 

  • Sessions
    • Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies
    • Final: Charting CCR&R Success strategies by Mapping Child Care Providers 
    • Centering Black Families: Equitable Discipline through Improved Data Policies in Child Care 
    • Surveying the ECE Workforce and Parents in the Post-Cliff Era: RAPID/NAEYC Collaboration to Listen, Learn and Amplify 
    • Visualizing Emergency Preparedness: How Data Help CCR&Rs Respond to Disasters

Stand for child care

How can we create a united voice for child care? Movement building involves connecting with businesses 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.  

  • Sessions
    • Effective Strategies & Easy – To – Use Tools to advocate for Child Care 
    • Amplifying Parent Voices: Empowering Change in Child Care Policymaking
    • What’s Next for States in a Post-Federal relief Funding World?
    • Maximize Your Advocacy in an Election Year    

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. 

  • Sessions
    • Opportunities for States to Expand Access to Child Care Assistance
    • Supporting the Unique Needs of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers 
    • Re-Envisioning NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation: Lessons Learned So Far  
    • Access and Opportunity:  Child Care Aware of America’s Spanish Supports Companion Guide 

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