The National Association for Family Child Care hosted a webinar presented by Tom Copeland that gives information about how family child care providers can prepare for changes due to new tax laws for 2018. This webinar has been archived and providers who missed the live webinar can purchase access to the recording (as well as other archived webinars hosted by NAFCC) here.

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On June 2, Town Square and NAFCC hosted the Learn, Share, and Thrive Leadership Summit at Erikson Institute.  With local, state, and national level representatives who are family child care provider leaders and other early childhood leaders across the field of early childhood, there were exciting presentations and discussions about supporting the important work of family child care.

Bill Hudson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFCC started the morning with a keynote address.

Angela Fowler, Director of Town Square at Erikson Institute, discussed the impact of Town Square since it launched in January of 2016.  You can view her powerpoint slides here.

The morning speaker panel topic was “Taking Charge of Quality and Change”.  The panel featured Kate Ritter, Licensing and QRIS Integration Policy Director in the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development; Erma Jackson, family child care provider and NAFCC accreditation specialist; Melody Robinson, family child care provider leader; and Dr. Juliet Bromer, research scientist at Erikson Institute.

Building a Coordinated System of Support for Family Child Care

Participants broke out into working groups over lunch to discuss and set goals in the areas of:

Groups plan to follow up over the next year to set specific goals and put plans into action for achieving the goals.

The afternoon panel topic was “The Changing Landscape of Early Childhood” and included Katherine Kempe, Senior Director of Professional Recognition and Advancement at NAEYC; Dante Gonzalez, family child care provider leader; Mary Quest, content coordinator for Town Square at Erikson Institute; and Bill Hudson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFCC, (standing in for Mary Beth Testa, Federal Policy Consultant for NAFCC, who was unable to be at the summit).

The final speaker of the day was Rachel Schumaker, Director of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.

The day was filled with energy and excitement around the important work of family child care and our hope is that this excitement carries through the year as we encounter opportunities to advocate for and promote family child care as an integral part of the early childhood workforce.