About Child Care Aware® of America

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is a national membership organization that works with a national network of more than 400 child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads innovative projects that increase the quality and availability of child care and advance the early childhood education profession. CCAoA conducts research and advocates for child care policies that foster equity and improve 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. 

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