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Child Care Aware® of America Announces Raise Your Hand for Child Care Event

February 11, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 12, 2014-- Child Care Aware® of America and more than 10 national early learning organizations will come  together to produce the inaugural Raise Your Hand for Child Care virtual event on Feb 19 at noon ET. This event includes a reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) and a simultaneous Twitter Chat.

“Families across this nation rely on child care that’s safe, quality and affordable,” said Child Care Aware® of America Executive Director Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D. “The Raise Your Hand for Child Care virtual campaign is a multi-platform approach that will raise awareness around the importance of a strong foundation for the nation’s littlest learners. Join national and state advocates, child care providers, parents and family members on reddit and Twitter as we ask and answer questions regarding child care in this country.”

In an AMA post, Child Care Aware® of America will answer questions about early education, child care, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and other early learning topics from reddit users. In addition to the AMA, there will be a Twitter chat taking place at the same time using #RYH4ChildCare as the hashtag.

Child Care Aware® of America's Raise Your Hand event is the conclusion of the five-month webinar series created to build awareness about federal and state policy opportunities to support child care, connect participants with content experts, and promote meaningful action. These 45-minute presentations were hosted by The First Five Years Fund, BUILD Initiative, National Head Start Association, ZERO TO THREE, National Women’s Law Center and National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each of these webinars was recorded and can be found on YouTube here.

The Raise Your Hand for Child Care event not only concludes the webinar series, but serves as the kickoff event leading up to the 2014 Symposiumtaking place April 2-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. This three-day event will focus on child care and early education policies referenced in President Obama’s 5th State of the Union address and bills currently before Congress, as well as research, practice and innovation approaches for child care that are shaping how families access quality child care.

For more information about Child Care Aware® of America’s Raise Your Hand event please visit our websitehere or email