Child Care Aware®of America is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care. Founded in 1987, our primary focus is advocating for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. We also lead research that advances the child care and early learning field, leverage technology to help families make informed decisions about child care, and provide professional development for child care providers.

Child Care Aware®of America serves as our nation’s leading voice for child care.


2016 was a dynamic and successful year for Child Care Aware®of America with many significant accomplishments, capping off nearly three decades of public policy and advocacy work focused exclusively on ensuring all families have access to quality, affordable child care.

Child Care Aware®of America has been providing child care subsidy services to the military for more than 12 years. Since program inception, we have processed almost 15 million payments in support of our 100,000 families and 200,000 children.


  • More than 15,000 military families and 23,000 children received Child Care Subsidy services in 2016, and we processed more than $52.4 M in payments
  • An average of 1,072 families with 2,389 children received more than 71,000 hours of respite care per month through our Navy Exceptional Family Member Respite Care program
  • Navy children received more than 860,000 hours of respite care during the year
  • More than 551,000 visitors came to the Child Care Aware® website and viewed more than 1,305,000 pages
  • More than 124,000 used the Child Care Aware® child care search tool on our website
  • More than 32,000 Family Advocates have signed-on to take action through our online advocacy platform
  • More than 125,000 online advocates support our public policy initiatives
  • More than 4 million media impressions were received on our 2016 Parents and the High Cost of Cost of Child Care report
  • More than 51,000 calls from parents and child care practitioners were answered by our Hotline
  • More than 250 parents have participated in our Family Advocacy Summit and Day on the Hill
  • More than 3,000 courses were taken on Training Academy
  • More than 5,000 CCR&Rs and government staff use Child Care Aware® of America’s proprietary National Data System (NDS) for Child Care to support parent referrals and professional development
  • More than 5 million child care referrals are offered to families through NDS annually. The NDS database contains more than 500,000 child care programs
  • Agencies in 36 states utilize NDS to answer complex questions about what children and families need from their child care system


We serve children and families through three strategic pillars of work:
Public Policy and Advocacy
Family and Community Engagement

Child Care Aware®of America’s 27th Symposium drew 397 registrants. The event featured seven plenary sessions and 29 breakout sessions. Twenty-five parents from 14 states attended the Family Advocacy Summit and engaged in more than 400 individual meetings for the Day on the Hill.


We seek opportunities to partner with those who have an interest in helping us address child care challenges and enable more families to go to work and school with the peace of mind that their children are in quality child care settings that they can afford. We accomplish through offering resources.


Child Care Aware®of America is appreciative of the generous support provided and entrusted by our donors, partners, Federal government, and other entities. The financial data shared above is based on the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2016. Child Care Aware® of America is audited by Tate & Tryon.

More than 4 million media impressions were received on our 2016 Parents and the High Cost of Cost of Child Care report.


When you put your minds together there is no limit to what you can accomplish. We have some of the top minds in the child care industry working to provide America with real solutions and ideas to child care in America.


Every family in the United States has access to a high-quality, affordable child care system.


We advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. The child care system supports children’s growth, development, and educational advancement and creates positive economic impact for families and communities. Our work is strengthened by a national network of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and diverse members and partners.


We believe the earliest years of a child’s life are the most critical and represent the single most important investment for communities, states, and the nation, requiring significant leadership, focus, and funding.
We believe families are children’s most important teachers. In partnership with families, nurturing, responsive, and knowledgeable child care teachers create dynamic learning opportunities and are essential to creating the foundation for children’s long-term success.
We believe the public and private sectors must invest in and promote the quality and availability of child care programs that support children’s health and development. Families and child care businesses should not bear the full cost of quality child care.
We believe —because of disparities among groups of children—programs and policies should be designed, resourced, and implemented to deliver equitable outcomes for all children in all communities.
We believe that strategic partnerships with likeminded organizations are essential to proactively leverage resources, maximize expertise, and create greater gains for children and families.
We believe decision makers on child care systems, services, policies, and funding must have access to clear data and strong research to inform their choices.