Early care and education providers and parent advocates from across the country convened last month in Washington, D.C. for Child Care Aware of America's annual Policy Summit on Capitol Hill. GLR Managing Director Ralph Smith participated in a panel exploring one of the summit's hot topics -- navigating the philanthropic landscape during changes in federal administrations.

Joining Smith on the panel were M. Gasby Brown, CEO of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting and a faculty member at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s Fund Raising School, Tasha L. Cole, Vice President, Resource Development for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Alex Daniels, a staff writer for The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Todd M. Yeatts, Senior Manager for Government Operations at Boeing.

Dawn Brown, Director of Business Development and Fundraising for CCAA, moderated the panel and afterwards noted that the crowd of about 50 child care advocates, providers and parents left with a renewed focus on working their respective networks to build enduring relationships with foundations, corporations and individual donors.

"People definitely felt they walked away with new strategies to consider for their development plans for the next year and with a better understanding of the landscape," she said. Smith helped participants put the changes in federal administrations within historical context and made clear the vital contributions child care providers and parents make to children's early development and literacy, which are crucial to 3rd grade reading success, Brown added.

Smith also noted that in a resource-challenged environment, child care providers and their supporters must show not only how many children they are serving but the difference they are making in their overall well-being and how they are helping parents succeed as brain developers and first teachers. 'Organized philanthropy has a bias for problem solving," he said.


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