Hitting the High Notes – NAFCC 2021 Annual Conference

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

This year we gather in person (and virtually) to connect, expand and amplify the diverse perspectives of family child care educators, as we enter this extraordinary era of federal recognition and investment in early childhood education delivered in all settings.

We’ll work together to hit a high note!

For this year’s Annual Conference, we’re offering several registration options including both in-person and virtual options. Pre-Conference workshops and extra experiences can be added on during registration and via our Conference partners. Check out our Experiences page for more information on non-Conference activities.

Conference Registration Options

Full Conference

Full access to the main conference plenary sessions, breakouts,
exhibit hall and one ticket to the Saturday Awards luncheon.

Early Bird: $200
After May 1: $250
After June 8: $300

Virtual Conference

Live feed of the plenary sessions, and links with recordings
of all main conference breakouts.

Early Bird: $300 + swag bag (a $100 value)
After May 1: $300
After June 8: $325

You can also attend ONLY the pre-conference workshops. These feature separate fees and do not require registration fees for the full conference.

On-Site Pre-Conference Workshop Options

Our pre-Conference workshops are available for additional fees. All pricing will increase by $50 after May 1, 2021 and registration for these workshops will close on June 1, 2021. Workshop pricing varies from $100 to $225 dependent on which workshops you wish to attend.

Accreditation Observer Training

NAFCC Accreditation Observer Training presented by NAFCC.
Takes place on July 7 & 8.

Quality Ambassador Training

NAFCC Quality Ambassador Training (Train the Accreditation Trainer) presented by NAFCC.
Takes place on July 7 & 8.

Leadership Day – Dynamic Servant Leadership

A full-day experience with a wealth of information and practical tools to help you renew your vision and recharge your practice while you grow as a family child care leader.

Takes place on July 7.

Everyday TLC Train the Trainer Beginner

Train the Trainer session for beginner trainers to hone their presentation skills for FCC audiences.
Takes place on July 7.

Grant Writing to Support FCC Networks & Associations

Demystify the grant writing process. Identify and evaluate prospective funding opportunities.
Takes place on July 7.

Everyday TLC Train the Trainer Advanced

Developing your workshop process to build trainings on any subject to address various ages of stages of child development. Takes place on July 7.

If you’re joining us in-person, in addition to attending the convention and pre-Conference workshops, you can also register ahead for some fun New Orleans experiences! Don’t miss your chance to see New Orleans and experience the local culture.

New Orleans Excursions

Join us on various tours through New Orleans. Tour prices vary and must be registered for ahead of time via NOLA DMC. All tours will gather in the NAFCC official Annual Conference hotel lobby ahead of the start (Hyatt Regency New Orleans). Tours take place at various times on July 7 and 8.

Pontoon Swamp Tour
We have found the top experts in the field to give you an authentic tour of one of America’s most unique ecosystems.

Garden District Tour
Explore one of the world’s most dazzling residential neighborhoods, the Garden District, with knowledgeable and entertaining guides.

Experience a spirit of adventure on the newest vessel to the French Quarter riverfront, the Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS as she takes you on a journey down the mighty Mississippi.

Mardi Gras Gala

Join us Friday, July 9 from 7 to 10pm for a New Orleans Mardi Gras cultural experience at the renowned Mardi Gras World. Get swept away by a Southern night in your beautiful ball gown and tux. It’ll be fun with good, festiveness, and libations for everyone. Your purchase of a ticket includes a light dinner, one drink ticket, and a round trip motor coach ride from the hotel to the venue. Tickets cost $100.

Accredited Provider Toast to Quality

Join us for a toast to quality during the Friday Lunch Break at Conference.
Lunch is not included.

Black Caucus & Latina Caucus Sessions

Join us for additional sessions as part of the Black Caucus meeting (on Thursday) or Latina Caucus meeting (on Friday).

Joining us in-person? NAFCC recommends booking a room in our official Annual Conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.


If you’re flying into the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, you can book ahead to take a shuttle from the airport directly to the hotel for $40 round trip. Reserve your shuttle spot at least 24 hours ahead of arriving.

Alternatively, if you will have a rental car, you can access driving directions from the airport to the hotel here. The hotel does offer on-site parking (both self-parked and valet) for additional fees.

You can also find additional information for taxi pick-ups from the airport or using public transportation.

You can also arrive to New Orleans by bus (Greyhound) or by Train (Amtrak).

Weather in New Orleans in July has an average high of 92° F and average low of 76° F. So, pack accordingly!

COVID-19 Safety

New Orleans was one of the first cities to proactively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aggressive testing, stay-at-home and social distancing policies are working. New Orleans remains laser-focused on the safety of their workers, residents and facilities as they continue to work toward reopening. Learn more about New Orleans COVID-19 safety protocols and safety procedures from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

For continued safety on our part, we’ll be offering only 350 in-person spots. Others interested in joining us can join virtually and experience our Annual Conference from their own homes.

The NAFCC Annual Conference is the premiere national event for the family child care industry. As the home of the only national accreditation system for family child care programs, our conference is another opportunity for you to continue your journey toward becoming, or maintaining your status, as an accredited provider.

We are offering pre-conference workshops, onsite training and virtual learning experiences that qualify as professional development training hours. No matter where you are in your career, we’ve customized our workshops to strengthen your leadership in family child care.

Pre-conference workshops

Want to get a head start on the conference? Join us for one or more of the following workshops:

Accreditation Observer Training

Dates: 2 Days – July 7 & 8
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
NAFCC Accreditation Observer Training
presented by NAFCC

Quality Ambassador Training

Dates: 2 days – July 7 & 8
Time: 8:00am – 5:00 pm
NAFCC Quality Ambassador Training (Train the Accreditation Trainer)
Presented by NAFCC

Leadership Day – Dynamic Servant Leadership

Date: July 7
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
A full-day experience with a wealth of information and practical tools to help you renew your vision and recharge your practice while you grow as a family child care leader. Explore the 5 D’s: Definition, Discovery, Dream, Design, Deliver

Everyday TLC Train the Trainer Beginner

Date: July 7
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
This session is designed to offer beginner trainers the opportunity to hone their presentation skills for FCC audiences. Participants will learn to develop training content that aligns with NAFCC’s Quality Standards and offers providers actionable professional development opportunities. This training will prepare attendees to apply to the NAFCC Trainer Pool.

Grant Writing to Support FCC Networks & Associations

Date: July 7
Time 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Demystify the grant writing process. Identify and evaluate prospective funding opportunities

Everyday TLC Train the Trainer Advanced

Date: July 7
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This session builds upon the skills of experienced trainers by offering strategies for enhancing and enriching their workshop development process. Participants will learn to build high quality training on FCC topics. This training will prepare attendees to play an active role in the NAFCC Trainer Pool. Please note: If you have previously applied to the NAFCC Trainer Pool, bring a copy of your submitted proposal to this session. You will be tasked with reviewing your proposal to ensure that it meets NAFCC standards.

NAFCC’s 2021 Annual Conference will feature presentations from three keynote speakers alongside our various exhibitors, workshop speakers and more.

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Murphy, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Specialist & Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.


Lisa Murphy has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years. She has written five books, produced numerous training DVDs, serves on many early childhood advisory boards, is an international speaker and trainer, is co-host of the podcast Child Care Bar and Grill and is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. As an outspoken advocate, Lisa is known for her commitment to creating child-centered, play-based early childhood environments and her fierce protection of childhood. In 2013 she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College, in 2018 she received the Patricia Monighan Nourot Award for Exemplary Leadership and Play Advocacy from NAEYC’s Play Policy and Practice Interest Forum, and in 2020, her latest book, Lisa Murphy On… Being Child Centered was nominated for “Best in Education” by Midwest Book Awards. Her seminars have been called humorous, energetic, content-rich and inspiring. She currently resides in Central Florida.

Jerletha McDonald

Senior Manager of Membership and Volunteer Affairs for the National Association for Family Child Care


Jerletha McDonald is the Senior Manager of Membership and Volunteer Affairs for the National Association for Family Child Care, a social entrepreneur, family childcare business consultant, national speaker and visual podcast host. She owned and operated a family childcare center, Nurturing Gifts Infant and Toddler Center for 15 years. Jerletha is the founder and CEO of the Arlington DFW Child Care Professionals and the host of her highly acclaimed radio/visual podcast show, The Jerletha McDonald Show: Everything Childcare, where she discusses everything childcare, and provides a platform for early childhood professionals to shine! Jerletha has 15 years of experience in the field of early care childhood education. She has a special interest in economic security and leadership development of women and girls. Jerletha is the Co-Chair and member of the Office of Child Care’s National Family Child Care Provider Panel.  In April of 2016, she was recognized by the Grand Prairie NAACP as one of the Most Influential Women in Business and has received numerous awards and recognition for business and childcare excellence.

Stedman Graham

Business Advisor, Chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates


Stedman Graham is a business advisor, chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm. He is the author of 12 books, including two New York Times best sellers and one Wall Street Journal bestseller. As a businessman, educator and speaker, Graham lectures and conducts training programs for corporations and educational organizations worldwide on the topic of Identity Leadership, based on the philosophy that one cannot lead anyone else until you first lead yourself. He has delivered Identity Leadership programs in The Netherlands, Germany, China, Canada, the UK, Bermuda and South Africa. He is a former adjunct professor at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Business where he taught the course, “The Dynamics of Leadership.” As a proud native of Whitesboro, New Jersey, Graham has demonstrated an enduring dedication to youth and community. His New York Times best seller, Teens Can Make it Happen, has become a program utilized in numerous middle and high schools in the US and abroad. Graham holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University and a Masters Degree in Education from Ball State University and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates.

Relief packages, like the American Rescue Plan, are designed to stabilize the child care industry amid the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the U.S. we also need a whole better way forward for child care – to truly meet the needs of families and the child care workforce in family child care homes and centers too.

Tell Congress that dedicated federal funding is needed in order to ensure a better way forward is possible. Congress will be making decisions in July that very much impact family child care educators in every state. Please take action today. Let’s show Congress the power of family child care, together. Thank you to our friends at Child Care Aware of America for making it easy for us to send a variety of messages to our U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives with just a couple clicks. You’ll find pre-written messages and you can also add your own details about the power of family child care.



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There are many reasons to sponsor the NAFCC Annual Conference – the nation’s premiere event for the family child care industry.

Sponsorship deadline extended until June 21, 2021.

Build and nurture relationships with family child care leaders across the country

Connect with small business owners, educators and trainers in a one-on-one setting

Amplify your brand awareness across all traditional, digital and social media platforms to the audience you want to reach

Why sponsor with NAFCC?

NAFCC is the go-to association for early care and education programs. Not only do we set the standard for the industry, but we are home to the only national accreditation system for family child care programs. The professional development we provide leads to state and national recognition for providers, and our advocacy shifts public policy in the country. Simply put, we have a network of family child care professionals and partners that you’ll want to tap into to optimize your relationship-building.