The National Association for Family Child Care to promote equity and quality in home-based early learning programs.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), Washington, D.C. is beginning a Family Child Care Leadership Project, to amplify the voices of FCC educators across the country to inform federal policy and practice priorities while building the capacity of state associations and local partners to expand the collective power of FCCs. “Family Child Care programs are a critical and often invisible component of the child care industry,” said NAFCC Board President, Louis A. Finney, Jr. “These educators and small business owners often serve the most vulnerable children and families and help keep communities working.” Efforts will focus on developing leadership skills and helping center the needs of FCC providers and the families they serve in local, state and federal policy-making discussions. The project is funded by a $975,000 three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. NAFCC will provide trainings and toolkits to support partners in grassroots advocacy at both state and local levels, launch the Leaders Shaping Leaders annual fellowship, and infuse racial equity and cultural competence into work in advancing quality in the setting. “This is an historic opportunity to intertwine racial equity and quality in FCC while amplifying the voices of the field and intentionally including the perspectives of communities of color and immigrant communities,” said Lanette M. Dumas, the Executive Director of NAFCC.
About the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) The National Association for Family Child Care is a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 to promote quality child care by connecting practice, policy, and research. For more information, visit www.nafcc.org.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.