The committee passage of reauthorization for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the proposed changes to Child Care Regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the introduction of "Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013" signal a historic opportunity for early childhood advocates to impact decisions made in Washington, DC. Don't miss this chance to shape the conversation around child care and early learning at the 2014 Symposium.
More breakout sessions than ever
You asked for more. You got it. This year you can choose from 27 professional breakout sessions. Nowhere will you find a more diverse cross section of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, educators, business professionals, philanthropic foundations and policy makers. Colleagues from NAEYC, the Centers for Disease Control "Learn the Signs Act Early" program leaders, Generations United, ZERO TO THREE, and many more will combine for our most packed-full-of-goodness concurrent sessions yet.
Day on the Hill
The ability to speak directly to your congressional representatives is a right and a privilege. But how many people actually get to walk into their congressional representative's office in Washington DC and have a real conversation? Symposium attendees do. Plus, this year's congressional panel will include congressional staffers and their principals. Don't miss your chance to speak to congress and share your state's story. Then, take what you learn back to your state Policymakers and be even better connected to continue your local agency work.
Celebrate your colleagues
Child Care Aware® of America established the Sandra J. Skolnik Public Policy Leadership Award in 2008 in honor of a tireless advocate for children and families. Sandy Skolnik is described as a visionary who saw the need to and importance of investing in young children's education early and often. She spent more than 30 years setting a high standard for the Child Care Resource and Referral profession nationwide. Do you know someone who reflects Sandy's leadership and inspiration? Nominate them for the 2014 Sandra J. Skolnik Public Policy Leadership Award. One special nominee will receive the award at Symposium.
Get inspired and have fun
We're closing out Symposium with a speaker who will challenge us with new ideas to innovate and invigorate our work. Plus, thanks to the support of Sesame Workshop, a special character will make an appearance at Symposium this year. Early registrants will get a VIP photo session with the mystery Muppet.
Symposium is about taking action, learning, networking – and getting inspired to continue the great work you do.
Something BIG is coming and it's all at Symposium. Be a part of it! Register today.