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Scholarships for the 2021 NAFCC Conference

Hitting the High Notes – NAFCC 2021 Annual Conference

This year family child care providers have the opportunity to gather in person or virtually through the annual NAFCC conference. This year’s conference is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, July 7 – 10, 2021.

Why attend a national conference?

To connect with family child care providers from across the nation. To experience the diverse perspectives shared during presentations and gatherings.

The NAFCC conference is open for all providers. You do not need to be a NAFCC member.


The Professional Learning Committee of FCCAM is offering 2 – $100 scholarships for this national conference. The scholarships are for either in-person or virtual.

The scholarships will be awarded to 2 FCCAM members that are attending their first NAFCC Annual Conference. Scholarship payment will be made directly to the winners after proof of their paid registration is provided.

Complete the scholarship application by June 10, 2021

The winners will be selected by lottery and notified by June 14, 2021.


2021 NAFCC Conference Registration options: (early bird registration has passed)

Full Conference

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

After May 1: $250
After June 1: $300

Virtual Conference

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

After May 1: $300
After June 1: $325

NAFCC 2021 Conference Registration
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NAFCC Wants to Hear From Providers

NAFCC is hosting a listening session so we can inform our federal policy agenda with your priorities – as family child care leaders. This listening session will be focused on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The NAFCC federal policy agenda gives us a chance to promote the power of family child care, and to get federal legislators thinking about family child care as part of the solution. The agenda conveys our priorities to Congress and, by extension, your priorities as leaders in family child care.

Join us Wednesday, March 10 / 8:00 pm for a listening session led by you!

As family child care leaders, your voice is what helps inform our federal policy agenda. Let us know your priorities so we can advocate for what’s most important to you. Friends and fellow advocates of family child care providers, please note this is a closed session so we can create a space for dialogue among family child care providers.
This session will include full group time and smaller breakout sessions so we can hear your ideas about the food program.

Register for Listening Session

Breakout sessions will be available in English and in Spanish.


Also, whether you are attending or not, we would love to get your input on what topics you’d like to see covered in the upcoming session and future ones.

Answer Our Survey
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Come Learn About Accreditation

If you have interest in learning more about the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation process and the resources here in Maine to support those quality improvement efforts, there is one remaining informational meeting for family child care providers happening on February 25th.

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, (MRTQ PDN) District Coordinator for York County, Tammy Dwyer is facilitating the upcoming NAFCC Accreditation Informational meeting.

Please Register Here for this zoom call which will be held from 6:30 pm – 8 pm, 2/25/21

During our meeting, we will briefly discuss the NAFCC Accreditation process and requirements, plus MRTQ PDN technical assistance resources/ supports.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent prior to the meeting to all that have registered. Please reach out to tammy.dwyer@maine.edu with questions or call me at (207)956-2937. 

Posted in Business Practice, ECE Information, NAFCC, Professional Development

Have You Considered Accreditation for Your Program?

If you have considered going through the NAFCC Accreditation process for your program now is the time to get information on the process and support available to you.

The PLC is passing along this message from Tammy Dwyer, MRTQ-PDN District Coordinator:


Hello,

My name is Tammy Dwyer and I am a Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, (MRTQ PDN) District Coordinator for York County.

If you have interest in learning more about the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation process and the resources here in Maine to support those quality improvement efforts, we have informational meetings planned for providers.

The MRTQ PDN NAFCC Accreditation informational meetings have been set for:

1/26 from 6 – 7:30 pm or 

2/25 from 6:30-8:00

During our meeting, we will briefly discuss the NAFCC Accreditation process and requirements, plus MRTQ PDN technical assistance resources/ supports.

We meet using an app called Zoom. You can access Zoom using a Desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Learn more about zoom at:  https://fccamaine.com/tech-tools/

A Zoom meeting link will be sent 1 week prior to our meeting to all that have registered. Please reach out to tammy.dwyer@maine.edu with questions or call me at (207)956-2937. 

Please Register Here

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NAFCC Membership Advisory Council State Representative Elections 2021

NAFCC is seeking State Representatives who are committed to the mission of strengthening the family child care profession and the NAFCC mission to serve on our Membership Advisory Council. The 2021 Election Application Process opened Monday, January 11, 2021 and runs through January 25, 2021.

Membership Advisory Council Mission:
The NAFCC Membership Advisory Council acts as an advisory body to support the continuing transformation of the NAFCC Membership structure into a high-performing, inclusive organization. NAFCC is seeking State Representatives to make up this council.
Membership Advisory Council Purpose:
To advise the NAFCC Governing Board and national staff about all issues related to local and state associations and its members, and to identify and develop strong inclusive leadership.
Commitment & Intent:
This volunteer position is a critical component of outreach for NAFCC. State Representatives are the brand ambassadors of the NAFCC, working directly with family child care providers, state and local organizations, groups, and stakeholders.

For complete details CLICK HERE.


If interested send your electronic submission to elections@nafcc.org by Monday, January 25, 2021.

To be considered it must include the following 5 categories:

  1. Application & Questionnaire form
  2. A one-page Letter of Intent: This is a one-page letter explaining why you want to become a state rep, and what your experience/skills are that will help you be successful. This may also be published and available for members to read
  3. Resume: Please include education, credentials, work experience and volunteer positions with descriptions of responsibilities & achievements
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Please include 3 letters of recommendation from individuals in the Early Care and Education/Family Child Care field. We are especially interested in comments about leadership and advocacy. Each letter must include a name, phone number and email address of the person completing the recommendation.
  5. A current high-resolution photo that may be used online
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Additional Scholarship for 30th Annual NAFCC Conference

The 2020 Annual NAFCC Family Child Care Conference this year is going to be virtual. You can enjoy the conference from the comfort of your own home on the evening of Friday, July 17, and all-day Saturday, July 18. The conference celebrates the unique and amazing field of family child care. Being virtual provides a unique opportunity for providers that would not normally be able to attend this national conference to do just that.

Through a recent donation, FCCAM is able to offer another $100 scholarship to help a FCCAM member attend their first NAFCC Annual conference!!!

The DEADLINE to submit the FCCAM scholarship application form for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1st. The winner will be chosen by lottery and receive notification from FCCAM by Monday, July 6th.

You do not have to be a member of NAFCC to attend the conference, or submit the application for a chance to win this scholarship. You do need to be a member of FCCAM to apply for the scholarship.


You can also register for the conference here:

Register for the 30th Annual NAFCC Conference

NAFCC Member registration rate: $135 / Non-member of NAFCC registration rate: $195

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30th Annual National Family Child Care Conference

The only national conference dedicated to the field of family child care.


FCCAM has 2 – $100 scholarships available to help 2 FCCAM members attend their first NAFCC Annual conference!!!

The DEADLINE to submit the FCCAM scholarship application form is April 102019. Winners will be chosen by lottery and receive notification from FCCAM by April 12, 2019. ~ You do not have to be a member of NAFCC to attend the conference, or to submit the application for a chance to win one of the two scholarships.


NAFCC has contracted with the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel for the 2020 National Family Child Care Conference. This hotel has a limited block of rooms at a special discounted rate of $142.00 (plus tax) per night. Self-parking for guests at the Marriott is available at a discounted rate of $13 (plus tax) per 24 hour period with unlimited in and out privileges in the Main Street Parking Garage. The deadline to book in the NAFCC block is Friday June 19, 2020Reserve your room today here or by calling 800-228-9290. 

If you have questions, please contact NAFCC at 801-886-2322 or conference@nafcc.org.


Check out “NAFCC” under “Training Resources” in the website’s top menu for updated information and links.

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Why Affiliate?

Since providers started talking about the formation of a statewide association that was specifically for family child care providers one of the goals was to affiliate with a national professional association. It made sense that that association would be the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC).

Why did the founding group of providers feel affiliation would be of value to providers in Maine?

Across Maine, as across the nation, there are the same conversations taking place about child care. We have elected officials, researchers, and families concerned about cost, access, safety, and quality. How can we as providers be positively involved in finding solutions that provide for a sustainable business, improve quality, and moves forward the professionalism of our field of child care?

Joining together is the best way.

FCCAM’s mission is to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in the State of Maine. Research continues to indicate that the quality of care by providers who are members of professional associations is higher. This is because of the strengthening relationships built through the networking and training opportunities associations provide. FCCAM’s efforts will be supported by an affiliation with NAFCC.

Joining a national association allows for our voices to be heard from the local, to state, to federal level. Together providers can speak to the importance of family child care in meeting the needs of children and families in the United States.

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Affiliation with NAFCC means assistance to FCCAM, to be shared with our membership, thru the Association receiving:

  • Monthly e-newsletters and public policy updates
  • Networking and support from national family child care leaders
  • Discounted Association Leadership Training Webinars
  • Two Discounted Registrations for NAFCC’s Family Child Care Conference
  • List Trainings and Conference on NAFCC’s Online Training Calendar