On this eve of our 30th anniversary, please share in some of the many steps forward we have taken together this past year to benefit families and children, and help us envision a future of unlimited possibilities!

Supporting Military Families

• 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

Online Tools and Engagement

• 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

Empowering Families, Advocates and Practitioners

• 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 860,000 families each year find child care solutions through child care research and referral agencies (CCR&Rs)
• More than 53,000 courses were taken on Training Academy

The National Data System for Child Care

• More than 5,000 CCR&Rs and states use Child Care Aware®of America’s proprietary
National Data System (NDS) for Child Care to support parent referrals and professional development
• More than 65 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


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.