Child Care Aware® of America

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) works with a national network of more than 500 child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies and other partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, conducts research, and advocates for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. CCAoA also provides child care assistance for military families through Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs that have served more than 150,000 families and worked with more than 60,000 child care providers over nearly two decades.

To learn more about child care and the milestones that have brought us to where we are today, check out our History of Child Care Timeline.

Our Vision

Every family in the United States has access to a high-quality, affordable child care system. The child care system supports children’s growth, development and educational advancement and creates a positive economic impact for families and communities.

Our Mission

We advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families.
Our work is strengthened by a national network of child care resource and referral agencies and diverse members and partners.

Multiplying our Impact

The national leadership of Child Care Aware of America, in collaboration with the state and local leadership of our members, has a collective impact on children, families and communities. Through engagement and support for our membership, CCAoA has reach and influence in 47 states and the District of Columbia, with statewide coordination provided by State Networks in 34 states.

CCAoA Strategic Plan

The CCAoA strategic plan guides the work of the organization as we lead the child care field forward. View the strategic plan, latest annual report and associated resources.

View our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan 

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