The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is pleased to announce the addition of Dr Lynette Fraga, Executive Director of Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA), to its Board of Directors. Dr Fraga has over 25 years of experience as an educator, program director, and executive leader working on behalf of children and families.
“We are honored to have Dr Fraga join the Permanent Fund’s Board of Directors. Child Care Aware of America has been the leading voice for quality, affordable child care in the United States for 30 years and shares the Permanent Fund’s vision of a future in which every family has access to a high-quality and affordable child care system. Dr Fraga’s national leadership on this issue coupled with her personal and professional focus on early childhood make her an invaluable asset to our Board,” said Permanent Fund CEO Aly Richards.
Dr Fraga began her career in child care advocacy as an educator in a toddler classroom.
“When I was a teacher in a toddler classroom, it was love at first sight and became my lifelong passion to ensure all children have access to quality early learning experiences. What we’re doing at CCAoA is to ensure families and communities have a seat at the table in co-creating solutions and supporting quality early experiences for children. We need everyone to contribute and to ensure children and families thrive,” Dr Fraga said.
Using a collaborative philanthropic approach, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children works with other funders, non-profits, community leaders and policymakers to advance its mission of ensuring all Vermont children birth to five have access to high-quality, affordable early care and learning by 2025.
“I am proud to join the Permanent Fund because as CCAoA’s work and the work of our members and families across the country have shown us, understanding the common struggle, innovations and thought leadership coming from great states like Vermont are critical in generating sustainable and replicable solutions for all states,” Dr Fraga said.
Prior to CCAoA, Dr Fraga served as Vice President of Early Care and Special Populations for Care.com where she led development of public-private partnerships to support services for children with special needs and a lifespan of care options for military-connected families. She also served as Chief Program Officer at ZERO TO THREE where she spearheaded several projects during her tenure, including Military Family Projects.
“Vermont is positioned for success because they have taken a strategic approach with a focus on the whole child, the whole family and the whole community. Through multidisciplinary, public-private partnerships, research and an evidence-based broad systems approach, other communities can model and grow a culture of child and family-centered policies and systems. I hope to continue a national dialogue and create a community of connections to innovate together through my new board role with The Permanent Fund,” Dr Fraga said.
As an authority on child development, Dr Fraga serves in an advisory capacity on a number of national panels and committees including the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood (COEC), the Institute of Medicine Early Care and Education Collaborative, Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Steering Committee, the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Power to the Profession Task Force, and the Early Care and Education Innovation Collaborative (ECE IC). Dr Fraga is also Chair of the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC), a coalition of 55 leading national organizations working together to improve the health, education, and well-being of children and youth.
Dr Fraga holds a doctoral degree in family studies from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Arizona.
About the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children
Founded in 2000 by philanthropists Rick Davis and Carl Ferenbach, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children works to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of Vermont's early care and learning system, primarily through the support of two statewide initiatives: Let's Grow Kids and Vermont Birth to Five. Using a collaborative philanthropic approach, the Permanent Fund works with other funders, non-profits, community leaders and policymakers to advance its mission of ensuring all Vermont children birth to five have access to high-quality, affordable early care and learning by 2025. The Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.permanentfund.org.
About Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. CCAoA works with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit usa.childcareaware.org. Follow them on Twitter @USAChildCare and on Facebook at facebook.com/usachildcare.