In Atlanta, GA

July 12 – July 15, 2023


NAFCC Celebrates
“The Future Starts with Us”

Welcome to all of our registrants, presenters and sponsors. We are excited to learn, network, and collaborate in Atlanta, Georgia July 12-15, 2023.

We believe in the power of you, and in the power of gathering, collaborating, and meeting in person. This year in keeping with NAFCC tradition, the conference will be offered solely in person.

If you are a current NAFCC member, you will be requested to log in using your membership email and membership portal password information. If you need assistance logging in, please email

Full Registration includes:
All in-person main conference sessions at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel Atlanta on July 13 – 15, 2023
One (1) Saturday luncheon ticket*
One (1) Toast to Quality reception ticket*

*if selected at the time of registration

PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming demand and capacity limits in the main ballroom, your seating at the Saturday, July 15 closing lunch (if you select to attend during the registration process) in the main ballroom can not be guaranteed. Your seat for the lunch may be assigned to an overflow room with live streaming of the Fireside Chat presentation from the main ballroom.  You will be notified of your lunch assignment location when you check in at registration at the conference.

Shawn Brown

Opening Keynote Speaker

Shawn Brown

Founder and CEO

Formed in southern California in 1993, Role Model Productions, Inc. began working with inner city at-risk youth. Owner and creative director, Shawn Brown, began designing educational theatrical programs that utilized original dramatic productions to combat teen pregnancy, gang violence, and drug abuse among high school and middle school age students. In 2001 Role Model Productions, Inc. expanded to Georgia and currently operates its headquarters in the city of Johns Creek, Georgia (North Atlanta.)

Role Model Productions grew to become an educational/entertainment company serving the Early Childhood Education Industry with dynamic curriculum enhancement programs. We are a leading provider of live children’s concerts, in-service teacher trainings, television, multi-media programs, online instructional and educational content that make your current school teaching systems better, more interactive, and super fun!

Mr. Shawn Brown, originally from Chicago, now writes and implements unique and entertaining curriculum enhancement programs for childcare centers, elementary grades, and private schools. He uses infectious music for hooking his audience into learning and moving while having “Super Fun.” Mr. Brown and The Super Fun Show team travel to schools and conferences all over the country with his hit live show, “The Super Fun Show.”


Thank you to this year’s sponsors and exhibitors.

Conference Station Sponsor

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Event Sponsor

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Additional Sponsors



The room block for NAFCC at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
Conference Center has been sold out.
Conference registration tickets are still available.

NAFCC staff are working hard to secure additional rooms in overflow hotels.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria
Sonesta Select Atlanta Cumberland Galleria
Please check this page frequently for updates.

Atlanta Waverly Hotel Lobby

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly
Hotel & Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia
July 12 – July 15, 2023

A special group rate of $189 per night, plus tax, is available at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Conference Center.
Room reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.
Guests may cancel without penalty until May 14, 2023.

A non-refundable one night’s room & tax deposit will be taken on May 15, 2023.
Rooms are subject to availability.


Early Bird

Now – March 31 (extended to April 10)

Full Registration


Toast to quality tickets


April – June 15

Full Registration


Toast to quality tickets


After June 15

Full Registration


Toast to quality tickets


Early Bird

Now – March 31 (extended to April 10)

Full Registration


Toast to quality tickets


April – June 15

Full Registration


Toast to quality tickets


After June 15

Full Registration


Toast to quality tickets

*Full Registration includes:
All in-person main conference sessions at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel Atlanta on July 13 – 15, 2023

  • One (1) Saturday luncheon ticket
  • One (1) Toast to Quality reception ticket

NOTE: Pre-conference workshops offered on July 12 & 13, 2023 are available at an additional cost and require a separate registration. More information is available on this page under “Pre-conference Workshops”.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference: Accreditation Observer Training

($75 deposit, refundable once attended)

2 Days: Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Requirements to qualify:

  • An NAFCC Member
  • At least 21 years old
  • One year of experience conducting training for adult learners
  • Participated in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related training courses in three of the past five years
  • Able to conduct a minimum of 3 observations per year (compensation provided)
  • Available to travel (up to 100 miles or more if necessary) to conduct observations
  • Able to arrive at the 2023 NAFCC conference on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning and attend both days of the training

Additionally must meet one of the following requirements:

  • High school diploma with a minimum of 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education; or
  • A degreed professional with a minimum of five years experience in the field;
  • Or CDA credentialed with a minimum of five years experience in the field

Pre-Conference: Accreditation Quality Ambassador Training


2 Days: Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Minimum requirements to qualify:

  • An NAFCC Member
  • A High School Diploma
  • At least 21 years old
  • One year of experience conducting training for adult learners
  • Able to arrive at the 2023 NAFCC conference on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning

How to Develop Intermediate and Advanced Trainings

$175 per approved participant

One Day: Wednesday, July 12
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Pat Minish

Requirements to qualify:
Please provide a resume that includes evidence of training provided.

For trainers applying to become a BFTS Approved Trainer Level II, this training can be substituted for 8 of the 20 TFT II course required hours.

Tired of hearing complaints about another beginning level training? Together let’s explore how to develop intermediate (I) and advanced (A) level trainings. Learn how to plan content, methods and engagement strategies that meet the needs of intermediate and advanced learners. During this day-long session enjoy practicing reflection, facilitation, questioning and assessment of learning strategies that will encourage your learners to seek deeper understandings and take responsibility for learning.
Please provide resume that includes evidence of training provided.

Igniting Leadership within NAFCC: Leadership Day & Luncheon

$75 per approved participant

One Day: Wednesday, July 12
11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Minimum requirements to qualify:

Attendees must be approved before enrolling in this pre-conference session. This session is open to conference attendees in the following groups:

  1. NAFCC State Representatives
  2. State or local FCC Association Leaders (staff and board members)
  3. Leaders Shaping Leaders Fellowship Alumni
  4. NAFCC Board Members & Accreditation Council
  5. Emergent Leaders

All leaders in the NAFCC community are invited to an engaging day of learning, networking, and celebration. All sessions will equip participants to apply tools for leading in their community utilizing an equity lens. Lunch will be provided. The first session of the Leadership Day is “Introduction to Emotional Intelligence (EI)”, where participants will hone their ability to perceive, interpret, demonstrate, control, evaluate, and use emotions to communicate with and relate to others effectively and constructively. During the second part of the Leadership Day, participants will be able to opt into break-out sessions, including a two Spanish language track:

Breakout Session 1:

  1. Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
  2. Descubre Los Ingredientes Claves para ser una Líder Efectiva y Exitosa con su Negocio de Cuidado Infantil en el Hogar

Breakout Session 2:

  1. Starting a FCC association for new leaders
  2. Growing your FCC association with NAFCC
  3. Finding and tapping into your inner leader
  4. Convertirse a un Lider Comunitario

General Schedule

Wednesday July 12th, 2023

Pre-conference sessions are not included in conference registration price.

Time Session Presenter
8:00 am – 4:30/5:00 pm Accreditation Observer Training (Day 1 of 2) Co-presenting Maria Flores
8:00 am – 4:30/5:00 pm Quality Ambassador Training (Day 1 of 2) Co-presenting Michael Bachman
8:00 am – 4:30/5:00 pm How to develop intermediate and advanced trainings (English/Intermediate & Advanced) Dr. Pat Minnish
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch – on own
11:00 am – 4:30 pm Ignite-Leadership Track
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Ignite Leadership Networking Lunch
Breakouts 1
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Introduction to Emotional Intelligence Dr. Louis Finney
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Descubre Los Ingredientes Claves para ser una Líder Efectiva y Exitosa con su Negocio de Cuidado Infantil en el Hogar Zuly Vazquez
Breakouts 2
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Starting a FCC association for new leaders Dr. Elainne Miller
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Growing your FCC association with NAFCC Erica Phillips
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Finding and tapping into your inner leader Jerletha McDonald
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Convertirse a un-Lider Sandra Ramsey
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Board Chair-President & State Reps Reception (By invitation only-Off-Site Event) Sponsor Lakeshore & Learning Beyond Paper

Thursday July 13th, 2023

Time Session Presenter
9:30 am – 5:00 pm Accreditation Observer Training (Day 2 of 2) Co-presenting Maria Flores
9:30 am – 5:00 pm Quality Ambassador Training (Day 2 of 2) Co-presenting Michael Bachman
8:00 – 9:30 am General Session – Keynote Shawn Brown
8:00 – 9:30 am NAFCC Speaker Executive Director Erica Phillips
8:00 – 9:30 am Welcome Speaker Commissioner Amy Jacobs
8:00 – 9:30 am Conference MCs (LSL Fellows Cohort I) Cynthia Robinson & Yvonne Cottage
Breakouts 1
10:00 am – 11:30 am Building Statewide Movements that Center Family Child Care: A Case Study from New York (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Jessica Sagar
10:00 am – 11:30 am Inclusive Music and Movement (Spanish/Intervediate) Co-presenting Norma Sanchez
10:00 am – 11:30 am Surviving Complaints & Investigations (English/Intermediate) Sharon Woodward
10:00 am – 11:30 am Why Inclusion Matters to Family Child Care (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Co-presenting Melvette Hill
10:00 am – 11:30 am Family Engagement in a Different World (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Michelle Salcedo
10:00 am – 11:30 am Early Childhood Assessment Evaluación de la Primera Infancia (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Yessika Magdaleno
10:00 am – 11:30 am El efecto de la orientación de apoyo (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Ana Hoover
10:00 am – 11:30 am What IS Quality? (English/Intermediate) Stacey Robison
10:00 am – 11:30 am Family Child Care Lesson Planning for Multi-Age Groups (English/Beginner) Karen Thompson
10:00 am – 11:30 am Standardizing Your Own Recipes (English/Beginner) Heather Burkhead-Goins
10:00 am – 11:30 am Leadership, Mentorship, and Professional Pathways for Family Child Care Educators (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Liz Sheehan Castro
10:00 am – 11:30 am Getting Outside: Endless Discoveries Across the State of Delaware (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Christine Skrobot
10:00 am – 11:30 am It’s All About the Details: Writing Shared Goals and Action Plans (English/Intermediate) Pasha Y. Norwood
10:00 am – 11:30 am Salud Mental para la Educadora de Primera Infancia (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Pilar Torres
10:00 am – 11:30 am Indigenous Caucus (English) Dr. Ellaine Miller
10:00 am – 11:30 am Family Child Care is Big Business (English/Intermediate-Advanced) Jerletha McDonald
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch – on own
11:30 – 1:00 pm Erickson Institute – Survey Session NAFCC – Survey Session (Open to All during lunch/Lunch-on own) Erickson Institute and NAFCC
Breakouts 2
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Promoting Inclusive Play (English/Beginner) Erin Martin
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm My CALMING backpack-A child Development tool (Spanish/Advanced) Maria Edward
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Professionalism in Child Care (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Cynthia Robinson LSL Fellow (Cohort I)
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm You Matter: The lives you touch today will change generations forever (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Elizabeth Scudder
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm LatinX/Latino Caucus Forum (Spanish) Yessika Magdaleno
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Incorporando actividades en ambientes educativos de FCC Incorporating Activities in the FCC Environment (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Maribel Tapia
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Community Advisory Boards Toward Implementing Social Change (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Crystasany Turner
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Mother Goose on the Loose (English/Beginners) Sarritha Scales
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Generational Trauma Can Begin to End with Us (English/Beginners) Kyma Fulgence-Belarso
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm The Making of a Family Child Care Network: Created For Us; By Us! (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Kendra Thomas
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm The Art of Story Telling for Forging Bonds (English/Intermediate) Michelle Roberts-Schneider
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Guide Notes: Song as a Tool for Guiding and Teaching Children (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Kathyrn Para
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm A friendly Introduction to Creating a Budget (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Robyn Kelton
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm One Test Could Change Everything (English/Beginners) Brigitte Willis
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break
Breakouts 3
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Family Childcare: The Best Inclusive Environment (English/Beginner) Essence Allen-Presley
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm FCC Providers-You are the key to informing and building equitable early care and education systems (Bi-Lingual/Intermediate) Co-presenting Katari Coleman
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mentoring for marketing: print, material, websites, and social media (English/Intermediate) Mary Trube
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Creating Synergy Through CDA Peer Mentoring (Spanish/Intermediate) Jill McFarren Avile’s
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Identifying and Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Julia Whitney
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Understanding the FCC Business Model: What Advocates, Legislators, Funders and Other Stakeholders Need to Know (English/intermediate) Melinda Weber
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Discover the key ingredients to be an effective and Successful Family Child Care Home Leader (English/Beginners) Zuly Vazquez
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Building Deep Connections to Children and Families with the Learning Story Approach (English/Beginner) Julia Koumbassa
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Individualizing Lesson Plans for Infants and Toddlers (English/Intermediate) Karen Thompson
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Come to Where the Wild Things Are: Shifting Practices to Meet the Needs of Children (English/Intermediate) Kristy DeGraaf
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Advocating for a Holistic View of Quality in Family Child Care (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Alison Hooper
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm When Self-Care Stops Working (English/Beginners) Jessica Fox
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Love and Learn: Creating Space for Authentic Caring in Family Child Care (English/Intermediate) Kelly Meehan
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Better Together (English/Beginners) Denna M Triggs
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Fortaleciendo a las Familias (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Erica Serrano
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm LSL (Leaders Shaping Leaders) Gallery Walk
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Celebration

Friday July 14th, 2023

Time Session Presenter
8:00 am – 9:30 am General Session – Plenary Panel Erica Phillips (moderator) Marry Curry, Amber Bilby, & Arleen Lambert
8:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome Speaker Dr. Bisa Lewis
9:30 am – 10:00 am Break
Breakouts 1
10:00 am – 11:30 am Multiple Intelligences in Early Childhood Education (Spanish/Beginners) Co-presenting Guadalupe Magallan
10:00 am – 11:30 am Leaders Shaping Leaders: Evaluations & Outcomes of Change (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Co-presenting Donna Thompson-Bennett (FEATURED SESSION)
10:00 am – 11:30 am The Algorithm for Academic Excellence in STEM (English/Advanced) LJ Henderson (FEATURED SESSION)
10:00 am – 11:30 am More Than a Nurturing Heart: The Provider’s Role as Business Owner (English/Intermediate) Robyn Kelton
10:00 am – 11:30 am En las Piernas de Mamà /On Mother’s Lap (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Grace Gaillarden Jouan
10:00 am – 11:30 am Design and Implement Policies Through a Mental Health Lens (English/Intermediate) Mary Muhs
10:00 am – 11:30 am Desarrollando habilidades de función ejecutiva desde la primera infancia a través de las interacciones responsivas (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Ana Hoover
10:00 am – 11:30 am Literatura Culturalmente Sensible (Spanish/Intermediate) Emily Pena
10:00 am – 11:30 am Todo lo que siempre quiso saber sobre la credencial CDA para educadores en el hogar (Spanish/Beginners) Co-presenting Vilma Williams
10:00 am – 11:30 am Tech Tools to Support Your Digital Advocacy (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Venette Pierre
10:00 am – 11:30 am Aprendizaje, experiencia y reflexion; Learning, experience and reflection (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Co-presenting Marina Rodriguez
10:00 am – 11:30 am Part I NAFCC Accreditation Standards-Lead Hurts (Beginners/English) Co-presenting Tammy Dwyer
10:00 am – 11:30 am Part I NAFCC Accreditation Standards-Lead Hurts (Beginners/Spanish) Co-presenting Clara Coreas-Herrera
10:00 am – 11:30 am How HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) supports family childcare (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Allison Stephens
10:00 am – 11:30 am Examining National Data about Family Child Care Participation and Experiences in Federal and State Systems (English/Advanced) Co-presenting Toni Porter
10:00 am – 11:30 am Oh, What My Hands Can Do! Art, Math, Science, & Sensory Experiences in the Everyday! (English/Beginner) Kathryn Stich
10:00 am – 11:30 am Outdoor Play: Creating an Outdoor Learning Environment on a “Shoestring” Budget (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Kelly Carmody
10:00 am – 11:30 am Family Child Care Providers and Isolation: A Contributing Factor to Burnout (English/Beginners) Ashley Reid
10:00 am – 11:30 am Teaching the Truth While Preserving Hope and Innocence (English/Intermediate) Hassani Scott
10:00 am – 11:30 am Behavior Mastery: 5 Tools of Transformation to Create a Win-Win Classroom! (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Ron Shuali (Featured Session)
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch – on own
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Erickson Institute – Survey Session, NAFCC – Survey Session
(Open to All during lunch/Lunch-on own)
Erickson Institute and NAFCC
Breakouts 2
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Ants in the Pants (English/Intermediate) August Kummerfeldt
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm The Educator-Led Communities of Care: Lessons Learned and Implications for the Future (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Co-presenting Rosangela RamosMbegue
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Part I Baby Steps to STEM for Infants and Toddlers (English/Intermediate) Katey Grossman
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Workforce Updates from DECAL (Bi-lingual/Beginners) Barbara McWethy
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Black Caucus Forum (English) Dr. Meghan Gowin
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Finding Your Voice: Becoming an ECE Subject Matter Expert (English/Advanced) Nikki Darling-Kuria
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Creating a Family Child Care Home Provider Centered TA Program (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Dr. Danielle Johnson
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Home-based childcare networks and provider voice: National survey results and voices from the field (English/Advanced) Co-presenting Juliet Bromer
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Making the Most of your Space; Creating an Intentional Learning Environment (English/Beginners) Felicia Wodarski
1:15 pm – 2:45 pmm If You Are Mad and You Know It (English/Intermediate) Sabrina Robinson
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Where Have All the Flowers Gone – The Decline of Family Child Care in Georgia (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Ana Magana
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Part II Preventing Lead Exposure in Family Child Care: Why it Matters + Resources for Providers-CHEN (English/Beginners) Kathy Attar
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Creating Synergy Through CDA® Peer Mentoring (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Sallyann Bergh
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm How QRIS Supports Family Childcare In Nevada through the eyes of the provider (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Beth Hart
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Art from the Heart (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Joseph DeGraaf
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Finding Your Identity in Family Childcare (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Debbie Mays
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm STORY PLAY: Building Language and Literacy One Story at a Time (English/Intermediate) Mary Jo Huff
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm What’s Available to Me? A Money Management & Retirement Plan Guide for Child Care Providers (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Mateo Galindo Lozano
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Reducing Literacy Stress: Teaching Early Literacy Skills Through Music and Fun (English/Intermediate) Sharon Burnett
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break
Breakouts 3
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Creating Synergy Through CDA Peer Mentoring (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Jill McFarren Avile’s
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm How to Be Your Own Best Advocate (English/Intermediate) Sharon Woodward
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Part II Baby Steps to STEM for Infants and Toddlers (English/Intermediate) Katey Grossman
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Operating a Family childcare program in 2023: What’s love got to do with it? (English/Intermediate) Eileen Manoukian
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Un enfoque culturalmente receptivo para implementar un plan de estudios (Spanish/Intermediate) Emily Pena
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm La experiencia del examen CDA®: todo lo que necesita saber (Spanish/Beginners) Co-presenting Vilma Williams
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm All Around Literacy: Tools and Strategies to Enrich the Preschool Classroom (English/Beginners) MaryBeth Bush
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: How to Handle Compassion Fatigue (English/Beginner) Kathy Pillow-Price
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Unplug Your Kids! Screentime alternatives for Family Child Care (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Monica Akers-Bellamy
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm What is Your Yes? Resiliency and Adventure Play (English/Beginners) Heather Quinn
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hidden Struggles: Supporting Children & Families Experiencing Homelessness (English/Intermediate) Erin Patterson
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Partnering with Families to Promote Wellness (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Kandi Novak
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Creating Leadership Through Collaboration and Mentorship (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Sheryl Hutzenbiler
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Setting the Stage for Learning: Intentional Environments (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Laura Delgado
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm What a Bunch of Junk! Exploring Loose Parts Play (English/Beginners) April Newhouse
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Language Justice and Equity for Home-Based Childcare Providers (Bi-lingual/Intermediate) Jennifer Newball
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Asian Pacific-Islander Caucus Forum (English/Beginners) Vanessa Shiliwala
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Supporting Delaware Home-Based Childcare Providers: Striving for growth in program planning, business operations, and selfcare (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Rena Hallman
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Abordar los desafíos en los entornos de cuidado infantil familiar (Spanish/Beginners) Co-presenting Adriana Bernal
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Toast to Quality Reception (Appetizers Only) Sponsor Discount School Supply

Saturday, July 15th, 2023

Time Session Presenter
8:00am – 9:00am Visit With Exhibitors
Breakouts 1
9:00 am – 10:30 am Part I Reframing and Responding to Challenging Behavior (English/Intermediate) Linda Schumacher (FEATURED SESSION)
9:00 am – 10:30 am Lesson Planning with Mamash/Planificación de Clase con Mamash (Bi-lingual/Beginners) Yessika Magdaleno
9:00 am – 10:30 am Supporting Family Child Care Providers with Childcare Management Systems (English/Beginner) Mackenzie Porter
9:00 am – 10:30 am The Future Starts with Us (English/Beginners) Nan Brinkley
9:00 am – 10:30 am How to Professionalize Your Family Childcare Business (English/Intermediate) Sharon Woodward
9:00 am – 10:30 am Direct Up (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Tameka Bryan
9:00 am – 10:30 am Let’s Dig In! Using Farm to ECE to Support High Quality Learning Environments (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Monica Griffin
9:00 am – 10:30 am Creando un Tablero de Suenos para tu (Spanish/Intermediate) Co-presenting Erica Serrano
9:00 am – 10:30 am MiTio’s RETAIN Process for Engagement of Diverse Employees (Bi-Lingual/Beginners) Nelva Lee
9:00 am – 10:30 am Parents and Play: Hosting Family Days to Promote Family Engagement (English/Beginners) Lydia Mackie
9:00 am – 10:30 am Fomentar las competencias de líderes serviciales para un aprendizaje profesional continuo (Spanish/Advanced) Co-presenting Jill McFarren Avile’s
9:00 am – 10:30 am Home Is Where Our Stories Begin (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Shaunte Taylor
9:00 am – 10:30 am Centering Black Children, Families and the ECE Workforce: An Unapologetic Call to Action (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Keisha Nzewi
9:00 am – 10:30 am Hippos, Bumblebees, & Toddlers: The Unexpected Behaviors That Come with “Untamed” Creatures (English/Beginners) Kathryn Stich
9:00 am – 10:30 am Elevating Family Child Care Leadership in Family Child Care Network Development: Voices from the Field (English/Intermediate) Co-presenting Chrishana Lloyd
9:00 am – 10:30 am Create My Company Brand/ Professionalism in Family Childcare (English/Beginner) Abbie Fisher
9:00 am – 10:30 am Equitable Inclusion of Family Child Care in Publicly Funded PreK Systems (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Rena Hallman
9:00 am – 10:30 am How to Seek and Develop Grant Proposals to Leverage Funding for Innovative Services Within Childcare (English/Advanced) Ashley Scott
9:00 am – 10:30 am Pinball Science: A STEM Experience for All Ages (English/Intermediate) April Newhouse
9:00 am – 10:30 am Family Involvement, Family Events and Drama Programs in Family Child Care (English/Intermediate) Svitlana Uniyat
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Fireside Chat Melvette Hill (moderator) Brigitte Willis & DiAnne Coggins (LSL Fellows Cohort II)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Awards Luncheon
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Break
Breakouts 2
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Part II Using Visual Communication Aids to Support Positive Behavior (English/Intermediate) Linda Schumacher (FEATURED SESSION)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm How to develop a successful policies and contract (Spanish/Intermediate) Yessika Magdaleno, LSL Fellow (Cohort I)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Creating a Healthy, Vibrant Board of Directors (English/Beginner) Co-presenting Dr. Robert Gundling
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Prácticas de Negocios de cuido infantil (Spanish/Intermediate) Joselly Santos-Reynosa
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Effective Budgeting Tool for the Family Care Providers (English/Beginners) Abhas Jain (AJ)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Avoiding Burnout in Child Care (English/Intermediate) Regina Miller
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Strengthening Business Practices Through Budgeting (English/Beginners) Shannon Smith
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Automation Technology Benefits Your Child Care Business (English/Beginner) Jamie Simpson
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Everything to know about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential for Family Child Care educators (Bi-lingual/Beginners) Co-presenting Vilma Williams
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Facing an Uncertain Future (English/Advanced) Nikki Darling Kuria
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Supporting Early Math Development: Free Resources for Family Childcare Educators and Families (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Rachel Kasul
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Brain Science and You: You Make A Difference Every Day (English/Advanced) Thomas Rector
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Grassroots Organizing for Child Care 101 (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Erin Clark
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Meaningful Math and Sensory Science Activities (English/Beginners) Felicia Wodarski
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Clean Water, Healthy Minds: Identifying and minimizing lead in water at family childcare homes (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Erica Wood
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Success for Childcare Professionals (English/Beginners) Co-presenting Tameka Bryan
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Developing Learning Foundations using Reflective Journaling (English/Beginners) Michelle Burress
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Making Connections (English/Beginners) Jennifer Morris
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm How to use music purposefully throughout the day (And stop hiding the basket of instruments (English/Intermediate) Amanda Holiday-Bembridge
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Working through challenging behaviors (English/Beginners) Aleatha Child

Travel Resources

Cobb County Travel Resources

Braves Truist Stadium

The Battery

Cumberland Mall Area


NAFCC will be following all required Federal, State and local government agency mandates related to Covid 19 at the time of conference. We will keep you updated as we get closer.

The City of Atlanta has lifted all COVID-19 related mandates and the Hotel does not have any Covid-19 policies in place. However, some local businesses, tours & restaurants within the city may have Covid-19 policies requiring masks, proof of vaccination or negative test result in order to gain access to their facility. Please be sure to check the individual venue’s Covid-19 policies prior to arrival and/or purchasing tickets.

Hotel Arrival

This year’s annual conference is located at:
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
2450 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Enter the Hotel through the revolving door on Galleria Pkwy, turn right upon entering. Hotel Lobby and Front Desk is on the main street level

Conference Registration at the Hotel

Registration on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will take place upstairs. Take the escalators upstairs and registration will be to your far left.

Dress Code

Business casual is suggested. The Friday Night Reception is cocktail or business attire.

Travel & Hotel Information

Transportation Options
Uber, Lyft and Taxis or private car services are available.
How much does the hotel hold out for incidentals on my credit card per day?
The hotel puts a $50 per night hold on the credit or debit card presented at check-in to cover estimated incidental charges during the guest’s stay. If nothing is charged to the room in the hotel incidental charge will be sent back to the guest 3-5 business days after check out.

Does the hotel accept debit cards?
The hotel accepts debit cards however at check-in the total amount due for the stay (nightly room and tax), and estimated incidentals of $50 per night (if guest does not opt out) will be withdrawn from the guest’s financial institution account at that time. For example, the nightly rate = $189 x 14% tax + $8 occupancy tax = $223.46 x 4 nights = $893.84 taken from guest’s bank account at check-in (plus $50 x 4 nights = $200, if guest would like to charge expenses to their room)

What is in the hotel rooms?
46″ flat-screen TV
Individually-controlled heat and air conditioning
Hair dryer
Room service
Bottled water, for a fee
Coffee maker / tea service
Chair, oversized
Alarm Clock (Sony)
Safe, in room
Outlet with dual voltage adaptors
Desk, writing / work, electrical outlet
Iron and ironing board
Additional Hotel Services (fees may apply):
Dry cleaning service
Complimentary guest wi-fi for Marriott Bonvoy Members
Plug-In High Tech room
Premium movie channels
Radio (Sony)
Complimentary boarding pass printing
Fitness Center
Indoor Pool and Hot tub

Food & Dining

Food service at the Renaissance Waverly:
The hotel has the following dining outlets available:

KoFi: Coffee House
Fuel up for a day of meetings or sightseeing in Atlanta with your favorite coffee beverage or specialty drink at KoFi, our on-site coffee house and café.
Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM-11:00 AM
Sat-Sun: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

2450: American
During your stay in Atlanta, Georgia, dine in our casual eatery offering a variety of classic American dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Mon-Fri: 6:30 AM-11:00 AM
Sat-Sun: 6:30 AM-12:00 PM

Tosca Blu: American – Please reach out to our Atlanta hotel directly to inquire about hours and offerings at Tosca Blu, our on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.
Mon-Fri, Sun: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM-11:00 PM

There are restaurants at The Battery which is near the hotel:

Food Delivery Services are also able to bring your favorite food from the city to the hotel. Some of the delivery services include: DoorDash, Grubhub, and UberEats


Guests staying overnight in the Renaissance Waverly will pay $15 per night for parking. This discount is available at the front desk upon check-in. Day parking for attendees not staying overnight is $15 per day for parking. A parking tag will be given by front desk for overnight guests and given by the attendant outside during arrival hours for day parking.

Additional Hotels

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria
2815 Akers Mill Rd SE,
Atlanta, GA 30339
Tel: (770) 984-9300

  • $249/night plus14% tax, pls $5 fee
  • Rooms are king beds, some with pullout couches
  • Includes daily buffet breakfast and nightly reception (2 drinks complimentary)
  • Rate is subject to availability. Reservations must be made by May 26, 2023.
  • Parking is offered at a discount of $15/car
  • Cancellation is 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a penalty

Sonesta Select Atlanta Cumberland Galleria
3000 Cumberland Blvd. SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Tel: (770) 952-2555

Click on the special online booking link above for guests National Association for Family Child Care. To customize date range, click the check-in date section first.

Also, you can call the reservations department at 1-800-SONESTA to make the reservations. Provide the hotels name and the following code 071123FAMI.

Conference CEUs

Auburn University will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for conference attendees. All attendees are required to sign-in at each session they attend during the conference.

Continuing Education Units-Conference participants may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please note that Continuing Education Units (CEUs) transcript will be available for purchase ($10 for one transcript) within one month after the end date of conference. A link will be emailed to all participants who have signed the sign-in-sheets during the conference sessions.

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