Join us for the 30th Annual National Family Child Care Conference that has gone virtual! Although we won't be meeting in person this year, your registration will still get you access to the following: 

- Shortened schedule! Instead of having to take off work and spend the money on a hotel and travel for our onsite conference, now you can enjoy conference from the comfort of your own home on the evening of Friday, July 17th, and all-day Saturday, July 18th. See the full conference schedule here!

- CEU credits available for all training workshops

- On-demand viewing after the conference so you can review your favorite workshops and check out the workshops you missed live! This means you’ll be able to earn up to 24 hours (or 2.4 CEU’s) of (English) training credit!

- A Spanish track with 4 live sessions presented in Spanish

- A Black and Latina caucus where you can discuss the things that are important to you

- Bonus workshops that you’ll be able to access on-demand after the conference

- Engaging keynote speakers who know family child care like you know family child care

- Virtual exhibit hall where you can still check out your favorite vendors without having to leave your couch

- NAFCC's 30th Conference Birthday Party - come celebrate the conference’s 30th birthday party from the comfort of your own home!


Friday Keynote - Family Child Care Creating Generational Impact

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, will discuss the long-term effects of high quality family child care. Using her own personal journey in a family rooted in child care, McWhorter will explore the challenges and opportunities facing today’s family child care businesses.

Latinos/as Caucus

Nilda Aponte
Luz Martinez

**This Caucus will be facilitated in Spanish**

Topic/Tema:Who said we couldn't? We are here together changing and impacting history / ¿Quién dijo que no podemos? ¡Estamos aquí juntos cambiando e impactando la historia!
Objective/Objetivo: We were able to be valued and listened to! It was shown that we are essential and now what are we going to do? / ¡Pudimos lograr ser valorados/as y escuchados/as! Se demostró que somos esenciales y ahora, ¿qué vamos hacer?  

Family Child Care Is Growing Outside of Our Homes, Find Out Where You Grow Next

Tina Mosley
Adrienne Pennington
Family child care has grown outside of the walls of our homes. It has grown into centers that offer that intimate settings we pride ourselves with and now partners with agencies that support and collaborate with our visions. It has grown from minimum state requirements to nationally accredited programs.

Saturday Keynote - Essential Not Forgotten

Debbie Mays

Family child care has been the unseen backbone of this nation’s economy for a long time. We are always working hard to support the working families in our communities.  There is no better time than right now for us to shout a reminder that WE ARE ESSENTIAL and WE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. Join Debbie on a tour of her family child care home, hear ways to clearly define who you are and unapologetically articulate your worth. Family child care - it’s time for us to link arms, build our tribe, and RISE UP. 

Guiding Our Children's Behavior - Pushing Past the Pipeline

Gloria Blevins
Guidance and discipline are terms that are used quite often in the classroom. This workshop will take a unique approach to have teachers identify external and internal factors and biases that can/will lead to effective guidance strategies that can be implemented in the classroom.

Strategies to Address Local Barriers, Especially Zoning, for FCC Homes

Joe Perreault
Natalie Vieira
Local governments add to provider decline by creating confusing, costly, and time-consuming zoning, and fire/health regulations. Resistance by landlords and homeowner associations are barriers too. This session focuses on zoning, including local and statewide strategies to address zoning, and successful efforts to pass state level "preemption" laws. Information and resources to address other barriers will be included.

Coaching and Mentoring Family Child Care: Understanding This Unique Journey in ECE

Patricia Dischler
Donna Fowler
Discover the stages of family child care as part of an Early Care and Education career. Learn to identify and support professionals at the stage they are in, with strategies for moving to the next stage. Participants will leave with fresh approaches to quality improvement and building coaching relationships.

Who's Knocking at My Door?

Michele Adams
Health and safety monitoring inspections can often be nerve wracking for providers and inspectors alike. A monitoring inspection, however, is the perfect opportunity to look for compliance, seek understanding, and share knowledge. Learn how home-based child care inspections can be productive and purposeful, and enhance relationships between providers and inspectors.

El Tiempo de Transición es Tiempo de Diversión

Youalka Batista
este curso ayudará a las proveedoras a desarrollar una comprensión más profunda sobre cómo hacer la transición a lo largo del día utilizando técnicas efectivas apropiadas para el desarrollo.

Keeping Children Safe: Trends in Family Child Care Licensing Requirements

Sheri Fischer
Michele Adams
This workshop will include a presentation and discussion of findings from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study of state licensing requirements for family child care homes. National trends will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences with maintaining compliance with state requirements.

The Tax Consequences of Coping With COVID-19

Tom Copeland

This workshop will focus on the record keeping and tax implications of COVID-19. We will cover:
How to calculate your Time-Space% with reduced hours
How to report state and federal SBA grants/loans on your tax return
What expenses you can deduct because of COVID
How to treat the Stimulus check and unemployment benefits

Come Learn How to Create an Online Virtual Learning Community to Support Family Child Care

Sasha Shunk
Tammy Dwyer
Are travel and distance a barrier to providing quality learning opportunities for FCC providers? Providers throughout Maine have come together for years to learn, collaborate, and grow through online virtual communities. Come learn more about the experiences, structure, and resources we use to offer high-quality learning opportunities to providers.

Owning Our Strengths: Embracing and Sustaining the Distinctive Features of Family Child Care

Holli Tonyan
After 10 years of research on family child care (FCC), I will share my main lessons learned about the distinctive features of early care and education (ECE) in FCC, including the importance of organizing a sustainable daily routine that supports the health and wellbeing of all stakeholders in FCC.

8 Financial Strategies for Every Woman

Buddy Farmer
90% of women will be managing their own finances at some point in their life. Women often have the best of intentions in managing their wealth, but often put themselves last. That's why every woman should have a plan!

Finding Wonder in Found Objects: Creating an Inquiry-Rich Home Care Program

Rebecca Escott
Laurie Strouse
Inquiry is about observing, experimenting, questioning, and expressing unique ideas--exactly the skills artists, storytellers, inventers, and engineers use. Investigating found treasures encourages divergent thinking. Learn how to make your home a place of inquiry and experimentation. In order to make this workshop as interactive as possible, come to the session with 5 found objects from your home, ready to be curious and playful. Download resources to use immediately.

Stop the Bleed: Strategies for Slowing the Flow of Family Child Care Providers Leaving the Field

Brenda OHalloran
Julie Davis
Iowa has seen an exodus of family child care providers leaving the field with some areas seeing a 50% decline over the last 7 years. Join us as we share some strategies that are showing promise. Join us in conversation, share your experiences. Let's turn the tide using planned recruitment collaborations. 

Family Child Care Decline and Supply: A Research Perspective

Juliet Bromer
Toni Porter
We will share findings from the Multi-State Study of Family Child Care Decline and Supply, including a literature review on factors behind the decline, focus groups with current FCC providers, and interviews with former FCC providers. State community partners will respond to findings and share their experiences supporting FCC.

Comprendiendo el comportamiento y promoviendo resultados positivos

Ana Hoover
Jill McFarren Aviles
Esta sesión interactiva profundizará la comprensión del comportamiento de los niños e identificaraa estrategias para apoyar lograr resultados positivos.  Las facilitadoras apoyarán a los participantes a entender qué influye en el comportamiento en los niños pequeños y las razones de sus acciones. Se presentarán y practicarán consejos que guían y apoyan un comportamiento positivo que conduce a resultados positivos.

Building a Caring Community: Prioritizing Social-Emotional Competence Through Responsive Care and In

Donna Fowler
This session examines strategies for creating an environment that promotes a variety of important social emotional skills. Participants will discover developmentally appropriate ways to help children under age 3 make friends and relate to others, empathize, resolve conflicts, manage behaviors, and feel valued as a member of a caring classroom community.

Determining Your Profit Margin: Purpose and Benefits to Your Business

Robert Gundling
Jahi Davis
The interactive workshop will engage the participants in a conversation about the purpose and benefits of knowing your profit margin to operate a financially sound business and how to create strategies to improve the profit margin. The end result is to operate a vibrant business.

One Child: Recognizing Early Signs of Mental Illness in Young Children

Debra Pierce
Studies indicate that mental illness in young children can begin early, but often goes undiagnosed for years. Staggering NIMH statistics illustrate the importance of addressing this issue and to be aware of the subtle indicators that are too often misinterpreted or ignored, so early intervention can be initiated. 

Harness Your Power: Creating the Conditions for Family Child Care to Thrive

Natalie Vieira
Latonta Godboldt
Family child care is critically important. Yet, family child care business are closing rapidly across the country. Now more than ever, it's time to advocate for the resources and support that providers need and deserve. This interactive session presents a framework and strategies that providers can use to do just that.

De Amas de Casa a Arquitectas de Cerebros

Maribel Tapia
Grace Gaillardin Jouan
Are you always thinking about activities to do with the children that you serve? In this workshop, you will learn how to create developmentally appropriate activities; linking these experiences to Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Common CORE.

Being Miss Tizzy

Debbie Mays
Randy Mays
Miss Tizzy is an elderly, eccentric woman who the neighborhood kids love. They love her colorful house, vibrant garden, and quirkly clothes - but mot of all, they love the special attention she gives to them. Let's explore how you can be a Miss Tizzy in a quality program.

Considerations for Using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) in Family Child Care

Sarah Hadden
Mary-Margaret Gardiner
This workshop providers guidance on conducting CLASS observations in family child care homes. Topics to be discussed include selecting which age CLASS tool to use in mixed-age settings, the number of children who must be present to start the observation, and what to do when children go down for naps.

Relationship-Based Support for Family Child Care Providers

Mary Quest
Elizabeth Massey
Elizabeth Tertell
Stephanie Ayala Salinas
Working effectively to support family child care providers starts with a relationship. This workshop will focus on relationship-based skills and strategies that coaches, mentors, or trainers could use to help support FCC providers. Trainer focus content available on Town Square, an online learning community for FCC, will be shared.

Re-Engaging Louisiana's Family Child Care Providers

Susan Clark
Salimata Fall
This session addresses Louisiana's approach to the national issue of the decreasing number of family child care (FCC) providers. This session will share the states approach and lesson learned from LDOE's FCC Pilot. During this session we will also ask participants for feedback on Louisiana's strategy for reenagaging FCC providers. 

¡Solo para Profesionales de Educación Inicial!

Melinda Moreno
Este taller ilustrará a los proveedores de Cuidado Infantil para que se enfoquen en la capacitación, el trabajo duro y la pasión que ponen en sus negocios en el hogar. Como propietarios de pequeñas empresas, deben ser capaces de expresar todo lo que hacen por las familias y como educadores profesionales y recursos en su comunidad.

NAFCC Conference 30th Birthday Party and State Round Up!

NAFCC Conference
Join us as we gather one last time at the conclusion of conference to celebrate the National Family Child Care Conference's 30th Birthday! Raise your glass with us to toast to quality wherever you are! And don't forget to be loud and proud during our State Round Up where our Regional Reps will take a roll call of states. No training credit will be given for attending, but lots of fun will be had!

Meet the Family: Eradicating Barriers to Family Engagement Through Culturally Responsive Practices

Ariana Brazier
Julia Brazier
THIS SESSION IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND AFTER THE CONFERENCE. We will define culturally responsive family engagement by facilitating a collaborative discussion from the perspectives of parent and provider. We will identify potential barriers to engagement and consider efforts that supplant disempowering experiences that parents face. We will discuss strategies for reducing logistical barriers and initiating mutually affirming, problem-solving interactions.


"Any Time is 3Ts Time" is a new community-driven suite of online, print, and in-person resources for families and community organizations. These resources foster knowledge and build actionable skills that parents can use to promote foundational brain development in children, birth to 3. Any Time is 3Ts Time was created by the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago, through the generous support of PNC Grow Up Great. 


30th Annual National Family Child Care Conference


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