National Association for Family Child Care: New Leadership, New Approach
In the fall of 2019, Lanette Dumas became Executive Director of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), bringing new energy and decades of experience in family child care (FCC) to the role. A longtime NAFCC member, Lanette ran a family child care home in New Orleans for years before taking on multiple roles with Agenda for Children, the regional child care resource & referral agency and leading statewide child advocacy organization. During her decade there, Lanette served as a Parent Referral Specialist, Director of Training, and Director of Early Care and Education. While at Agenda for Children, she spearheaded the drafting, passage and implementation of the system changing Louisiana legislation (SB 701) to improve the care of children in FCC homes, requiring publicly funded in-home providers to receive training. She also served in an advisory capacity for the Standard for Programs Serving Four Year-Olds and the Study on the Economic Impact of Child Care in Louisiana and sat on the steering committee for the creation of Quality Start1, the Greater New Orleans Rebuild Child Care Collaborative and the Licensing Family Child Care Feasibility Study. As an independent consultant, she has led the design, assessment and quality improvement efforts for a variety of programs focused on children, youth and families. As someone who has worked in the field for nearly three decades, she understands the challenges facing FCC professionals, knows how to engage in effective policy advocacy, and has the vision and management experience to reinvent NAFCC for the new decade.
NAFCC was founded in 1982 to support and leverage a nationwide network of providers and partners in expanding and promoting the power of family child care. NAFCC is the nation’s leader in training and quality accreditation for FCC, hosting the largest national convening on FCC annually, providing critical research and advocacy on policies affecting young children and FCC programs, and providing supports and amplifying the voices of nearly 4,000 member FCC professionals from every state.
NAFCC is the only national professional association dedicated to promoting high-quality early childhood experiences in FCC settings. For more than 25 years, NAFCC’s accreditation has served as the gold seal of excellence in early care and education for thousands of early childhood professionals. NAFCC has provided training and accreditation to more than 25,000 professionals, who are leaders in the field of family child care.