LSL cohort

What is Leaders Shaping Leaders?

Leaders Shaping Leaders is a dynamic In-Person & Virtual Learning series that includes 30 sessions of interactive education and networking. 15 teams of NAFCC Association leaders and emerging leaders participate in a year-long professional development journey uniquely designed for Family Child Care providers to strengthen personal and civic leadership, advocacy skills, entrepreneurship and business sustainability all grounded in NAFCC values and commitments.

Cohort III

LSL cohort III


Lenora Cochran and Ebony Bell


Miren Algorri
Genny Leal
Zoila Carolina Toma
Elida Cruz

District of Columbia

Agnelique Speight-Marshall
Renita Simril-Hill


Stephanie Jackson
LaTonya Bruce


Maria Amado
Greta Weiss


Gertrude Freeman Ford
Jennifer Richards
Angela Almodovar
Maria Rodriguez


Dorisha Johnson
Siobhan Lewis-Roach

North Dakota

Nicole Stevahn
Adrian Miller


Beth Hart
Deetra Stewart


Yolanda Gibson
Kimberly Wadlington-Arnett


Cheryl Morman
Shemik Sellars

West Virginia

Abbie Fisher
Connie Carte

Cohort II

Connecting Communities Together Network

Alabama cohort

The Connecting Communities Together Network will inform providers in rural communities about the Alabama Quality Stars Program and will share the testimonies of the providers and our own journey with becoming Star rated. The network is currently serving four providers in obtaining their credential. As the Alabama Quality Star Program is updated, the network will communicate changes and what is needed to meet the domain. Peer to peer mentoring is essential through Zoom, personal meetings, and/or telephone conversations. We will gauge the success of our project by the number of providers that successfully earn their star rating. Parent engagement will help us to be successful in gathering information and using the needed information for the continued development of their children. The families will be aware that the program they attend strives to perform with a higher level of excellence.

Inside Out: A Series of Mental Health Workshops for
Childcare Providers

CA cohort
Our goal is to educate childcare providers on the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. We will accomplish this by providing a safe online space for providers to meet with their peers and mental health professionals where they will learn the tools to mitigate these symptoms. We will provide surveys at the beginning, middle, and end of the series to assess stress levels and symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Family Child Care Careers, Pathways to Success!

CA cohort

Our goal is to provide a pathway for family child care to advance in their career goals. We would like to create a space that goes beyond child care. A space where family child care providers can grow in their leadership skills, meet their full potential, and provide the pathway to reach their career goals as early childhood professionals. We will accomplish this goal by working with partners that share this vision.

Georgia Family Childcare Essentials

GA cohort
We are establishing a platform that will meet the needs of the community, families, and ECE professionals to equip them with everyday essentials to maintain high-quality standards. Many industries had to take a hard, long look at their business/community practices during the initial days of COVID-19. Family Childcare, as an industry of small, minority business owners, was no different. Approaching three years later, many leaders in the ECE field took time to be advocates for self and their communities. They also reflected on some lessons learned that could help newcomers to the ECE field and mindset shifts that could occur for seasoned educator professionals. We want to identify six specific areas where we can assist the everyday family childcare educator increase the quality of their programs and meet some of their regulatory standards in the process. Establishing a meeting place and shared platform will meet the needs of the community, families, and ECE professionals.

Connecting Kindred Spirits

Kansas cohort
Connecting Kindred Spirits is created to provide connection and support for Family Child Care providers in Kansas. We will share Second Helping as a strategy to support providers with their business. As the organization grows, we want to create a learning library with curriculum tubs for family child care providers and start a wholesale collective for food and supplies where providers would benefit from discounts and split the costs.

The Maryland Family Child Care Collaborative: We Are Better Together

MD cohort

Our vision is to promote high quality, professional Family Child Care and Early Education systems to support children, families and thriving communities by Developing and implementing an incubator that supports individuals who want to start up their own family childcare business or increase the program quality of their current childcare program. We are going to accomplish this goal by promoting and encouraging quality professional home-based childcare and early education through professional education, mentoring, and advocacy.

The Massachusetts Association of Nature Inspired Family Childcare Educator

MS cohort
Our newly created Massachusetts Association of Nature Inspired Family Daycare Educators will be a robust web based community where educators can learn and grow from and with each other to embrace a nature-based approach to childcare. We will strive to make sure that providers in the state will have equitable nature-inspired resources for their programs. These resources will include tools that support creating outdoor spaces where children can learn, play and grow.

Elevate Ohio Family Child Care Educators: Ohio’s Family Child Care Network

Ohio cohort
Our vision is to create a state-wide family child care network that will unite the Family Child Care Educators in Ohio. Through this network, we will strive to empower and support all family childcare educators across all 88 Ohio counties for the purpose of giving them a unified voice at the table for advocacy and any changes in legislation that may affect their small businesses. We will offer mentoring, advocacy, professional and small business professional development, and ways they can operate high quality family child care programs in their respective areas.

South Carolina First Responders Child Care Alliance

SA cohort
We are creating an alliance/collaboration of community partnerships that support and provide accessible and flexible child care options for First Responders. We will accomplish this by creating community partnerships with our state Child Care Resources & Referral, first responder agencies, and family child care providers. First responders will be able to call in and get a list of Family Child Care providers with flexible hours that meet their needs and are open to shift changes.

W.E.L.P. – Washington Early Learning Pathways

Washington cohort
W.E.L.P. is a bridge to support early learning providers moving into higher rated, nationally accredited programs and state entitlement for ECEAP. Our goal is to provide accurate information to parents and providers to ensure culturally responsive choice of program type, style, and delivery. The pathway for providers will include a needs assessment, aligning the program standards of ECEAP and creating an individual plan to support provider and parent choice.

Walk4Family Child Care – A Family Child Care Walkathon

DC cohort
The Walk4Family Child Care vision is to bring awareness to the Family Child Care education space by highlighting the faces of the workers through the lens and experiences of the proximity experts. Breaking down these barriers and myths surrounding the field, i.e., babysitting versus in-home-based teaching, would bring about a change in equity among the pay scale, resources, and funding streams. Further, we are raising funds for advocacy efforts to promote unity across the cities and states while increasing the number of young FCC teachers and programs within the metropolitan area, embedding quality measures as the floor at the entry to the business. The goal is to replicate this walkathon in other cities throughout the United States.

Cohort I

Healing Hannah’s Heart: City of Mobile Home Child Care Re-Zoning

leaders shaping leaders cohort
The purpose of our project is to educate the City of Mobile Officials and families about the existence of high-quality Family Child Care Educator Programs in our communities. Our goal is build an alliance with the City of Mobile Zoning/Use Variance Department that will open the avenue for family child care educator programs to increase the number of children in our programs from 5 to 10 children within the city limits of Mobile, AL.

The Family Child Care Providers Podcast

The Family Child Care Providers Podcast empowers Family Child Care Educators to feel apart of the early education field, provide resources and ways to advocate for themselves and their communities. This will be accomplished through monthly podcast interviews that highlight those within the field and those who provide resources to Family Child Care Educators. Thereby creating a network throughout the country that will inspire and promote the field of Family Childcare Educators.

Holistic Community Gardening

Community Gardening

We hope to Accomplish: Common unity of health awareness, along with positive social interactions. Hands-on insightful knowledge of the complete gardening process, detailing the projected responsibilities, and commitment involved in creating a live flourishing community garden. The community volunteers will learn about the diversity of herbs, vegetables, and fruit that grow in our climate and their benefits.

Action Plan: Create a planning committee that will consist of individuals who will provide education and assistance to the volunteers. There are several steps to creating a community garden. Education, establishing a team, and planning are vital to having a successful community garden. Once these steps are completed. The next steps in this process are funding, property, planting and upkeep.

Getting to know ‘us’… Family Child Care

get to know us
It has become even more apparent during the pandemic that our local elected officials, families and potential families don’t understand the business structure that makes up a family child care program or the importance for choosing licensed, high-quality programs. We want to work on strengthening our advocacy practices and work on building relationships with our local elected officials. We would also like to create a series of short videos that target each audience – local elected officials, families currently enrolled in our programs and potential families – educating them on family child care and getting them to understand our programs more than they currently do.

Montana Family Childcare Network

montana family
The Montana Family Childcare Network (MFCN) is for Registered Family, Friend & Neighbor and Family/Group Educators. MFCN will support these educators in mentorship, advocacy, professionalism and business practice development, and promoting high quality care and education in home based childcare settings. MFCN is uniting Family Childcare Educators from across Montana for the purpose of giving the collective a place at the legislative table and a voice to be reckoned with. MFCN is achieving this through collaborations with the National Association of Family Childcare, Montana Association for the Education of Young Children, Raise Montana, Zero to Five/United Way of Montana, and other early childhood supportive organizations.

Family Child Care Association Instilling Tolerance & Hope (F.A.I.T.H.)

F.A.I.T.H. is a 501c3 established to support Family Child Care Providers in the state of New Jersey. Our goal is to set a standard where in-home childcare is the premier choice within New Jersey. We will accomplish this by mentoring the provider and developing essential business and professional skills that are needed to create lasting connections and relationships in their communities. F.A.I.T.H. is dedicated to supporting the providers through educational training webinars and networking.

Garden Boxes

garden boxes
Our Garden Boxes are setting up early educators for sucess. They’re giving the children a choice of food on their plates and teaching them to choose a healthy food to help reduce childhood obesity. We’re measuring the provider and the families horticulture knowledge and providing them horticulture training and field trips to Seed 4 Change urban farm which provides hands on training.

ANI – Advocating for the Need of Inclusion in Early Childcare Environments


ANI’s goal is to achieve a series of inclusive environments in which all families feel safe and supported—a place where everyone belongs.

ANI will accomplish this through an intiative of two phases, in which therapeutic supports and resources are integrated into early childcare environments, supporting whole families in an inclusive design. Phase I will include the promotion of an internal inclusive relationship with children, families, and community partners; while Phase II will expand externally to teaching early childhood professionals to develop their inclusive relationships while using the ANI design.

Bridging the Gap

bridging the gap
Our Community Project was based on “Bridging the Gap” between Hispanic/ Latino Child Care Providers and other surrounding communities. We invited this community of Providers to network and complete CDA trainings and other professional development classes.

We had an interpreter speaking in Spanish to empower them by learning best practices within their own community. This learning bridge has built up the Hispanic Providers’ confidence level within our ECE community. It has created a lasting professional relationship and partnership within different communities.

The Family Childcare Coalition

Leading the charge, The Family Childcare Coalition is a Non-profit Co-op that is owned and operated by providers for providers. We’re seeking to build leaders who can help lead and grow advocacy projects, such as our 10,000 signatures for Worthy Wages. FC3 invites you to take a stand to tell your representative to support Worthy Wages for the workforce behind the workforce.

Austin Family Child Care Association

We are forming a family child care association in Austin, Texas that is targeting small individual family child care providers. The association will educate them on resources available to them at local, state and national levels to operate according to best practices and be deemed high quality facilities.

Growing Milton, VT Early Childhood Network

This project will be a vessel to bring the community together as one voice advocating for change. This will include early childhood educators, families, and children in the community of Milton, Vermont. This will be done by offering opportunities to Early Childhoood Educators and families on how to effectively advocate for change, which will include sharing advocacy tools and information on public policies.