Stedman Graham, Lisa Murphy and Jerletha McDonald to headline premiere event for family child care industry
July 6, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) will convene family child care professionals from July -10 in a hybrid format for the 31st Annual NAFCC Conference in New Orleans and virtually. Centered around the theme of “Hitting the High Notes,” the four-day conference will connect, expand and amplify the diverse perspectives of family child care educators as the country enters an extraordinary era of federal recognition and investment in early childhood education delivered across all settings.
“NAFCC is thrilled to be able to meet in person again after a tumultuous year that kept us apart,” said Lanette Dumas, executive director of NAFCC. “We chose ‘Hitting the High Notes’ as this year’s theme to celebrate the amazing contributions of family child care professionals and their resilience in always showing up for our communities, especially during the pandemic. This year’s conference will once again bring leaders together and energize the family child care community to create the change needed to strengthen our industry.”
NAFCC is home to the only national accreditation system for family child care programs, providing training, recognition and support to family child care educators. The conference will feature more than 100 in-person and virtual workshop sessions to provide training and credit hours for family child care programs, including keynote speakers:
- Stedman Graham, business advisor, New York Times bestselling author, chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates (virtual appearance)
- Lisa Murphy, author and international speaker, podcast host of Child Care Bar and Grill, founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.
- Jerletha McDonald, social entrepreneur, family child care business consultant, host of The Jerletha McDonald Show: Everything Child Care
“The majority of family child care providers are women operating a small business,” said Dumas. “The professional development of this essential workforce is vital to our economy, the success of our children and parents being able to work outside the home. Our conference serves to ensure children are receiving high-quality care and we are fully investing in providers to have long-lasting careers.”
To view the full agenda and speaker lineup, visit nafcc.org/news-events/annual-conference. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NAFCC2021 and by following @NAFCC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.