Conference Registration is Now Open
February 9, 2017 ι #NAFCC17
Registration for NAFCC's 27th annual conference is now open! I am excited and proud to share this news with you - and hope to see you in July in Mobile, Alabama.
To all of our wonderful family child care providers, this is your time to shine. This year's conference theme is about Creating Connections because every day, you're creating connections through your relationships with children, with their families, and with the many other organizations in your community that support family child care.
As the nation's only conference devoted to you, the conference also gives you a chance to create connections with other providers from around the country. As many past attendees can tell you, at your annual conference, new friendships are started, old ones are strengthened, and you have new opportunities to share tips, stories and laughter.
At your national conference, you'll also have the chance to create connections with national and state leaders who also care about the success of family child care. This chance for connection includes leaders from the food program, from quality initiatives, from family child care networks, mentors and trainers, as well as child care resource and referral offices. Did you know they are pulling for you, too, and working for the success of family child care? This is your chance to share with them the challenges and opportunities you see in family child care, and help them better support you.
Most importantly, we welcome you to share your expertise with all of us by being there and lend your voice to the conversations that promote the power of family child care.
NAFCC's mission is to expand and promote the power of family child care. Thank you for letting us help make your work a success.
Bill Hudson, CEO
Spread the Word About the NAFCC Conference!
January 27, 2017 ι #NAFCC17
We can’t wait to see you in Mobile in July! Can you help spread the word about the conference? Download these graphic sharables and post them on your Facebook pages or insert them into your e-newsletters!
Want to win a free registration to NAFCC's 2017 Conference?
December 13, 2016 ι #NAFCC17
We'll be Creating Connections at the 2017 NAFCC conference! You can help create those connections in a fun contest for our members. Here's what you do:
Step 1: Download this form and let each child in your program design a t-shirt based on our theme, Creating Connections. Be sure parents sign the form to release the artwork.
Step 2: Mail the forms by February 28, 2017 to NAFCC, Attn: Mandi Schill, 1743 Alexander Street Suite 201, Salt Lake City, UT 84119.
The NAFCC Board will select three designs as finalists. Each finalist will win a $25 Amazon gift card! Then, our family child care community will get to vote on their favorite design. The provider of the winning design will receive a full registration scholarship to the annual conference in Mobile, Alabama!
The final design will be used to create a t-shirt that will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support NAFCC's mission of promoting the power of family child care.
NAFCC Announces the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference
November 1, 2016 ι #NAFCC17
NAFCC is now accepting workshop proposals for our 2017 annual conference. The theme this year is “Creating Connections.” The NAFCC Annual Conference is the only one of its kind bringing together family child care providers from all over the country to learn from and connect with each other. It does not stop there, we are also the only conference convening allies and supporting organizations to focus on building this profession and building recognition for what family child care providers do each day for children, families, and for the economy.
The 2017 Conference will feature three days of workshops and networking opportunities. Workshop focus areas include:
- Creating Connections with Young Children
- Creating Connections with Families
- Creating Connections in the Early Care and Education Landscape
- Creating Connections to Quality
- Creating Connections to Best Business Practices
- Creating Connections in Family Child Care and Head Start
- Creating Connections to Health and Nutrition
Creating Connections to Build the Supply of High-Quality Child Care
October 18, 2016 ι #NAFCC17
Family child care providers like NAFCC members are working hard everyday to provide nurturing, caring, early learning opportunities for young children. Unfortunately, most families in the U.S. aren't so lucky to have access to quality child care. We got to explore this issue and we were featured on NPR's Morning Edition on October 18!
The NPR interview took place because of a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard University about parents and their child care choices. The poll revealed parents’ belief that they have quality care, but the research/data is strong that most child care is of poor or mediocre quality.
Child care licensing is the foundation of quality. From a strong foundation, commitment and quality improvement launches forward with standards in NAFCC accreditation, and partnerships and engagement with other initiatives like the food program, Head Start, Early Head Start, preschool grants, and quality rating and improvement systems.
NAFCC leads the only accreditation specifically for family child care homes. This was developed as a way to aim higher than a basic minimum approach, to give intention to practice and to have the research-backing for continuous quality improvement. Join us in Mobile in 2017 for opportunities to create connections to accreditation and to the services and supports all around our field, and to connect with quality family child care providers to hear about what it takes and what more can be done to promote the power of family child care.
2017 Conference Planning Survey
October 7, 2016 ι #NAFCC17
As we are preparing and planning the 2017 Annual Conference in Mobile, Alabama, we want to ensure that the conference is what our attendees need and want. Please take a few minutes and fill out this survey and help us plan the best NAFCC Conference for you!
Announcing the 27th Annual NAFCC Conference
July 7, 2016 ι #NAFCC17
We are excited to announce that the 27th Annual NAFCC Conference will be held July 19-22, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama.