Friday Conference Announcements

July 21, 2017 | #NAFCC17

Please note that the session "What Do Family Child Care Programs Need to Know About Health and Wellness" (#92) presented by John Borrero has been canceled and will no longer be taking place today at 1 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday Conference Announcements

July 20, 2017 | #NAFCC17

Please note that the session "Teaching Beyond Bars" (#23) presented by Quniana Futrell has been canceled and will no longer be taking place today at 1 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

2017 Conference Program

July 5, 2017 | #NAFCC17

We are excited to share the official conference program! Explore the agenda and start planning all the great ways you'll be creating connections at the conference.

Download the conference program here.

No Small Matter

June 2, 2017 | #NAFCC17

Join us at the National Family Child Care Conference to hear from Laura Fallsgraff, co-producer of the forthcoming documentary No Small Matter, to discuss the importance of accessible quality child care. Register for the conference and use promo code VIP2017 for $50 off full registration.

“If we really want to transform the quality of child care here in this country, we have to look at all the people who are caring for our children. We have to look at the women who are caring for children in their homes and we have to embrace them in our systems of professional development. We have to pay them. We have to hold them accountable, but we have to give them the tools to deliver high quality care. They can raise to enormous heights and they are just a huge overlooked part of our child care system.”

Explore the 2017 Conference Workshops

May 10, 2017 | #NAFCC17

Explore the workshops that will be available July 20 and 21 at the National Family Child Care Conference! Using the tool below, you can select track, language, workshop level, or date - or more than one! To browse every workshop all at once, do not select any indicators; leave them blank and click SEARCH.

Please note, there may be changes in the program. Conference attendees will receive a printed conference program at arrival/registration.

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You Could Win Two Free Nights at a Hotel!

April 27, 2017 | #NAFCC17

Register for the National Family Child Care Conference by May 15th, 2017 and be entered to win TWO FREE NIGHTS at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel!


The Conference Registration Brochure is Now Available!

April 20, 2017 | #NAFCC17

We are only 90 days away from conference! If you haven't registered for conference, now is the time to do so before the prices go up after our early bird deadline of May 31st, 2017. To learn more about what's going on in Mobile this summer, check out our conference brochure. You can register online, or you can download the conference registration brochure and send us your completed registration form in the mail. Don't wait until it's too late! We can't wait to see you all in July!


You can mail completed conference registration forms to:


1743 Alexander Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84119

2017 Keynote Lineup

March 9, 2017 | #NAFCC17

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 conference keynote lineup! You won't want to miss these timely, empowering, engaging sessions!

Thursday keynote: "Push Play With a Purpose"

We'll open up the conference with a whole lot of fun on Thursday, July 20th! Join Shawn Brown for "Push Play With a Purpose." Do you have an objective and an outcome every time you play a song? Do you want to totally eliminate any unnecessary waiting around and have your classroom running like a well-oiled machine? Then join Shawn Brown for a lively and interactive session that will help you meet these goals. With music, movement, and hopefully a few laughs, we will start your day off with a bang!

Friday keynote: "Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences"

On Friday, we'll hear from two child advocates who, with help from loving engagd educators like you, rose above their childhood circumstances. Learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the risk associated with such experiences and how YOU can make a difference in the lives of children facing adversity outside of your care.

Saturday keynote: "Bring Your 'A' Game to Work and Life!"

Have you ever been tired, overwhelmed, stressed, and it's not even lunch time yet? Join Stephanie Staples, who knows firsthand that we can only do good if we feel good. In this high energy, interactive, idea-packed session, Stephanie exposes not only what you need to do to achieve uncommon success, but how to do it. Let's get inspired to take immediate action that will positively impact your life and livelihood.

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

Submit Proposal Now

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!

Click here to take the survey

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.  



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Annual Platinum Sponsor


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 Silver Sponsors

$5,000 - $9,999



Bronze Sponsors

$3,500 - $4,999





Friend Sponsor

$1,000 - $3,499




*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.