Conference 2017 Highlights


Conference Program

June 19, 2018  ι  #NAFCC18

Download the 2018 Conference Program to start planning your schedule for the 2018 National Family Child Care Conference. The conference program is your guide to all conference activities, keynote sessions, and workshops. Please note, pre-conference sessions on Thursday require advanced registration and you will need a ticket to attend these sessions. You do not need to register for workshops on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in advance and anyone wearing their conference name tag will be allowed to attend.


Conference Testimonials

May 11, 2018  ι  #NAFCC18

The National Family Child Care Conference is a special event for family child care providers across the United States to meet, network, and grow together. The conference provides an environment on unity in which many providers and advocates have met and became life-long friends. Providers share with us each year that they leave the conference re-energized and refocused to provide the highest quality of care for the children they work with. 

We've asked three providers, Debbie, Svitlana, and Mary to share their stories of attending the National Family Child Care Conference. Over the years, these three providers met and have become life-long friends who reconnect each year at the conference. They have supported each other as they became presenters at the conference, and this year, in Chicago, they will be presenting a workshop together. 

We hope you enjoy their stories and that you join us in Chicago this summer to celebrate the power of family child care!

Read more here

Registration Prices

April 15, 2018  ι  #NAFCC18

Below are the 2018 conference prices and deadlines. Looking to register by mail and pay with a check or purchase order? View and download the 2018 conference registration brochure by clicking here!

Pre-Conference Sessions

February 1, 2018  ι  #NAFCC18

Join us for pre-conference on June 28, 2018 in Chicago! Session topics include NAFCC Train the Accreditation Trainer, NAFCC Accreditation Observer Training, coaching, leadership, enviornments, business practices, stress and self-care, child development, and more! 

Explore all pre-conference sessions here!

Keynote Speakers

January 25, 2018  ι  #NAFCC18

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 conference keynote speakers! You won't want to miss these opportunities to play, celebrate success, and empower one another in the crucial work with young children in family child care.

Opening Keynote: Dr. Junlei Li with the Fred Rogers Center will present "Appreciating the Deep and Simple in Early Childhood Education."

Closing Keynote: Rae Pica will present "What if Everyone Understood Child Development?"

Read the full keynote descriptions and speaker bio's here!

Conference Hotel

January 1, 2018  ι  #NAFCC18

Hyatt Regency O'Hare  ι  9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL, 60018

NAFCC has contracted with the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for the 2018 National Family Child Care Conference. This hotel has a limited block of rooms at a special discounted rate of $139 per night. The deadline to book in the NAFCC block is June 4, 2018


Call for Workshop Proposals

November 3, 2017  ι  #NAFCC18

NAFCC is currently seeking workshop proposals for the 28th National Family Child Care Conference, taking place in Chicago, Illinois June 28-July 1, 2018.

The conference theme is Celebrating the Power of Family Child Care, and we are thrilled to invite workshop proposals that celebrate family child care providers and the many qualities that make family child care unique to early care and education. Click here for a preview of the conference tracks. Attendees are looking for sessions that focus on practical solutions to increase their knowledge and effectiveness; to engage and challenge their thinking; and to nurture their purpose, creativity, and professional excellence. We invite presenters to focus content on family child care provider participants, as well as conference participants from the Early Head Start community and the child nutrition community, and content of interest to mentors, trainers, family child care networks and state agencies as we work to strengthen the family child care field. 

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2018 Conference Keynote Proposals

August 28, 2017  ι  #NAFCC18

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is narrowing down options for keynote presentations for the National Family Child Care Conference in Chicago, Illinois from June 28-July 1, 2018.

Keynote presentations should reflect the conference theme, "The Power of Family Child Care." Keynote events must be educational and cannot market specific products or services. They should be geared toward family child care providers.

If you are interested, please submit your RFP by November 1, 2017 using the link below.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in Chicago!

Submit Proposal

2018 Conference Layaway Plan

August 1, 2017  ι  #NAFCC18

NAFCC is pleased to offer the option of a layaway plan for the 2018 National Family Child Care Conference. The layaway plan helps members plan ahead to participate in our annual conference. This program is a member benefit and each registered attendee must be a current member of NAFCC through July 1, 2018 to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Announcing the 28th National Family Child Care Conference

July 21, 2017  ι  #NAFCC18

We are excited to announce that the 28th National Family Child Care Conference will be held June 28-July 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois.  


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*NAFCC does not endorse any product of our advertisers or sponsors. We believe each provider is able to make the best decision of products and curriculum for their program and the children in their care.