Hitting the High Notes – NAFCC 2021 Annual Conference

Let’s turn up the volume on high quality family child care!

Our 2021 Annual Conference met in New Orleans, Louisiana and was held from July 7-10, 2021. We gathered in person (and virtually) to connect, expand and amplify the diverse perspectives of family child care educators.

Day 1: Wednesday, July 7

Day 1 of conference gave attendees the opportunity to focus on pre-conference workshops such as our quality ambassador training, accreditation observer training, grantwriting courses and leaders shaping leaders workshops.

Hear from participants in our Leaders Shaping Leaders Fellowship as they attended our 2021 “Hitting the High Notes” Annual Conference.

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Day 2: Thursday, July 8

On Day 2 of the conference, attendees heard from our first keynote speaker, Stedman Graham.

Graham said in his speech, “Vision allows us to see beyond our obstacles, our current situation.” Our values keep us on track. It allows us to build and maintain trust, be determined to persevere.

They also attended various workshops and were able to visit our exhibit hall (both in-person and for virtual attendees) to see exhibitor booths, take photos, share their stories and get free sno-cones.

Attendees got ramped up to advocate for themselves and ask congress to make policy changes with “the power of family child care”.

More from day 2 of conference:

Day 3: Friday, July 9

On Day 3 of the conference, attendees heard from our second keynote speaker, Lisa Murphy.

Murphy talked about more than just building relationships, but actually building trust. “If you’re not able to give me the keys to your house and car, then why are you trusting me with your child?” She had the audience clapping, cheering and laughing and by the end of her address was receiving a standing ovation.

On Friday, in addition to the day’s workshops, attendees also had the opportunity to attend the Mardi Gras Gala at night. This was held in Mardi Gras World in New Orleans and featured a performance from the Second Line and Zulu dancers at the end.

Mardi Gras Gala:

Day 4: Saturday, July 10

The last day of our 2021 conference featured our Awards Luncheon and closing keynote address from our Sr. Manager of Membership & Volunteer Affairs, Jerletha McDonald.

She discussed how to run a business, take advantage of state and local resources, and make a difference in the family child care community. Her advice and life story rang true for many of the other providers in the audience. She ended her address on this note, “your voice is your currency. If we don’t speak up, who else will?”

In addition to Jerletha’s closing keynote address, the Awards Luncheon featured an induction of the board members and new state representatives as well as our three award announcements.

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Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors:



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council for professional recognition
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Hot Spot

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Patron Party

Toast to Quality

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

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business of child care logo
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poppyfield family child care logo
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Todd Battiste & Caryn Rodger- Battiste