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2021 Parent & Nanny Conference

On-Demand and Virtual Events

September 2-30, 2021

The Parent and Nanny Conference has 60+ expert speakers and panelists presenting over 40 on-demand seminars.

Thank You 2021


Speakers and Sponsors


2021 Speakers

Interested in speaking? Email us at info@usnanny.org

You can watch 24/7 between September 2-30. The Parent and Nanny Conference also has live events, workshops and networking throughout September 2021. Additional seminars and live events will be announced over the next few months.

For every seminar you watch, you have the option to download a certificate of attendance that will include your name, the seminar title, duration, and date.

Speakers and their seminars are listed below in alphabetical order.


Portland State University

In her 25 years as an early childhood educator, administrator, and professor, Ingrid Anderson worked in Children’s Museums, School Districts, state government, and early childhood centers. Starting as a nanny at 19, Ingrid’s work took her from the classroom to the boardroom and back. Currently, she is coordinator and advisor to the Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate and faculty & advisory for the Master of Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction degree.

Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Participants will gain knowledge on early childhood mental health and well-being. We will explore early brain development, what children 0-5 years need from their caregiver, spheres of influence, and a strength-based approach to supporting young children’s social and emotional development. In the final part of the workshop, we offer activities that support you in engaging with the young children in your lives.


Chief Academic Officer

Kaplan Early Learning Company

Dr. Bailet is earned her B.A. in English at Wake Forest University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in communicative disorders from Northwestern University. She began her professional career as a teacher of children with learning disabilities. She is a licensed school psychologist with expertise in language and literacy development and learning disorders. Dr. Bailet has won multiple community awards and is a member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Board and national Reach Out and Read Board of Directors.

The Other Side of the Literacy Coin: Writing Experiences for PreSchoolers.

Do you use pre-writing and writing activities with young children in your care? Writing is a powerful and fun tool to develop preschool language and literacy skills, yet it is often underutilized. Join us for a lively session on why writing is such an important part of the early literacy “coin” and how to easily offer and support developmentally appropriate writing experiences for young children. You will leave energized with great ideas to increase both the quantity and quality of writing experiences for young children.


Portland State University

Jean Barbre Ed.D. has worked in the field of early child care and education for over 30 years, where she has managed preschool programs, coached administrators, and trained early child care. providers. She holds a Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in Educational Leadership, a MS degree in Counseling, a MA degree in Consumer and Family Studies. She is an author of three books published by Redleaf Press: Foundations of Responsive Caregiving Infants, Toddlers, and Twos; Activities for Responsive Caregiving Infants, Toddlers, and Two; and Baby Steps to STEM Infants, Toddlers and Twos. 

Exploring STEM Activities for Children Birth to Age Five.

Join us as we learn the foundations of STEM education for young children and easy fun activities you can use to promote STEM in your home environment.


Oakland University

Shawna Boomgaard, LMSW, ACTP, Ed.S. has more than 20 years of experience working with children, youth and families in the field of education and clinical social work. Shawna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She holds an Education Specialist degree in Organizational Leadership from Oakland University. She has extensive experience working with hospice/palliative care, school social work, and juvenile justice programming in addition to clinical private practice

Building Resilient Children in Extraordinary Times.

Join this seminar for an overview of the ACE study, including the outcome and findings, learn the definition of toxic stress and its impact on the developing brain, and the impact of early adversity on lifelong health. This seminar also provides resources to shift thinking and practice as you become trauma-informed with tools you can use for self-care.


Best Selling Author


Award-winning speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, helps individuals and teams to win at life and work. Nikki is the co-author of four bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond (Penguin Random House, 2019) with Dr Graeme Codrington, Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) with Arthur Goldstuck, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) with Ilze Alberts and Future-proof Your Child for the wired generation (Penguin, 2008).

Future Proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond.

Sixty to seventy percent of the jobs today’s children will do have not been invented yet. How do we prepare children for a world we can barely imagine? This presentation will highlight the X-factors for success children need to develop to thrive in a fast-changing world (and they are not found on a child’s academic report card).


Pediatrician and Author


Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a board-certified practicing pediatrician, the creator of the popular website Modern Mommy Doc, and the author of The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting Without Losing Yourself and The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One. She is the mother of 2 young daughters and lives in Portland, OR.

Conflicted to Centered: Finding Success in the Workplace and Home.

Parents and professional caregivers want to excel in their career endeavors and find joy in their personal lives but burnout arises when they feel conflicted about where to place their attention, energy, and time. As they try full-force to find balance without a centered vision, they eventually develop stress, fatigue, and frustration. Dr. Whitney’s Centered Life Model shows attendees how to develop a framework for finding sustainable success in the workplace and at home, build organizational systems for living with efficiency and productivity without creating burnout, and spend time and energy throughout the week on efforts that produce maximum impact and meaningful results personally and professionally.




Julia Gaskell is Head of Consultancy and Training , Agency & Alumni at Norland. Julia graduated from Norland College in 1985, and went on to set up her own award winning nursery in 2001.Since Julia trained at Norland, she has gone on to acquire a First Class honours degree in Early Years Care and Education, in addition to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). In recent years Julia has been involved in many Early Years initiatives across the country and specialised in leadership issues and sustainability in children’s centres.

Emotion Coaching.

Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce, families and parents through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation. Dr. Janet Rose and Julia Gaskell will help professionals acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behavior.


Live with Lyfe, LLC


Kenston Henderson Sr., is the Training & Development Coordinator with the City of Columbus and the founder and CEO of Live With Lyfe, LLC. Kenston is a certified John Maxwell team member and Culture Transformation Champion. He is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer and accomplished musician with two instrumental albums Breathe (2016) and Oasis (2018). In 2018, he also wrote the book “Parenting Like a Boss: Intentionally Committed” which landed on Amazon’s Best Seller list.

Parenting Like a Boss: Totally Committed.

Imagine for a moment that your children are screaming at the top of their lungs…“I have the best parents in the world!!” But then COVID happens...racial unrest surfaces, and a heated political battle all take place simultaneously and you can’t help but slowly wish for a room (or a moment) in your home to hide. Well parents, despite what life may throw at us, it’s time for us to take several deep breaths, pull out our Parenting Like a BOSS capes and make the decision that no matter what comes our way, we will choose to be the awesome parents we were always meant to be


Early Childhood Special Educator

Ronilda “Nildz” Henson is an educator, independent consultant/trainer, and advocate for young children’s literacy.  Board certified for Texas early childhood special education teacher, Early Childhood Administrator Credentials from the State of Oklahoma, and Delaware as well as Early Childhood Teacher Certification from the State of Delaware.  She has been invited to present and train teachers/administrators in several early childhood seminars and conferences in local, state, national, and international forums.

Talk to Me: Fostering Early Language Development for Infants and Toddlers Through Play.

In this seminar, participants will learn more about promoting early language and communication development of infants and toddlers and how it can be successfully incorporated into playful activities. Infant and toddler childcare providers will be engaged with interactive and hands-on activities to apply the information learned.


Kappa Learning Group


Jocelyn D Jones is from Atlanta, Georgia and has been an early educator for 24 years. Jocelyn is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University with a B.A. in Sociology and earned a Master's in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University. She is a Georgia Approved Trainer and founder of Kappa Learning Group. She is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society.

Why Does She Wear a Hijab? Why is Her Hair so Kinky? The Importance of Culture Relativism.

This seminar discusses the significance of culture relativism and self-identity in early childhood and classroom learning. Participants will learn about ethnocentrism and it's impact on a child’s social/emotional development. Parents and nannies will learn four major ways to create identity safe classrooms and how to promote cross culture. These developmentally appropriate practices will aid in multicultural learning and guiding children in understanding “self”.


Multicoachural Consulting


Christy Jones-Hudson is a technical writer for DLH corporation. She also owns Multicoachural Consulting, LLC which provides training and technical services to programs with a focus on serving children with special needs. Her writing has been published on national platforms such as Exchange Magazine and Motherly. She is the creator of Project Breather, a free respite program in Alabama for caregivers of children with disabilities

Stress and the Brain: A Guide to Managing Cortisol's Impacts on Behavior and Creativity.​

Can you spell A-M-Y-G-D-A-L-A? If not, now is the time to learn. Dr. B will introduce you to this important brain structure that triggers a potentially damaging flow of cortisol and adrenaline that can impede learning and creativity. As caregivers, there is much one can do to detox and regulate the impacts of stress on both brain and body and do it with fun, simple, effective strategies.


Educate Insite


Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the topics of creativity, differentiated instruction, and brain-body connections. She is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Charleston Southern University and earned her Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Bone is the author of over 30 books in the fields of curriculum and assessment, including her most recent: “Brain Tips” and “Rich Brain, Poor Brain”.

Stress and the Brain: A Guide to Managing Cortisol's Impacts on Behavior and Creativity.​

Can you spell A-M-Y-G-D-A-L-A? If not, now is the time to learn. Dr. B will introduce you to this important brain structure that triggers a potentially damaging flow of cortisol and adrenaline that can impede learning and creativity. As caregivers, there is much one can do to detox and regulate the impacts of stress on both brain and body and do it with fun, simple, effective strategies.


RIE® Associate

Early Childhood Educator

Jill Getto Lee is a 0-3 consultant with a special interest in the development of twins and triplets. She holds a Masters Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development Specializing in Early Childhood Development, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. She currently teaches several classes at the Los Angeles and Pasadena RIE® Centers. She serves on the RIE Board of Directors and is the Program Chairperson for RIE.

Introduction to Magda Gerber's Respectful Educaring® Approach.​

Jill Getto Lee, M.A., welcomes those who are new to RIE® and will offer insight into the basic principles of Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. Discover how to put the Educaring® Approach into practice so that you can foster respectful and authentic relationships with each of the children in your care.  This therapeutic approach supports parents, professionals, and infants to build cooperative, interactive, respectful relationships for the benefit of all.


Early Childhood Educator

Shannon Lockhart is an Early Childhood Applied Practice Manager for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation where she has worked for the past 30 years. She is responsible for the design and development of HighScope’s curriculum and training materials for infants and toddlers as well as a significant contributor for HighScope’s preschool curriculum and training. She has written articles on infants and toddlers, curriculum content, executive function, the daily routine and many more topics for the early childhood community.

The Importance of Active Learning and Sensory Engaging Materials in Screen Dominated Culture.

We know that not all screen media are healthy for children and that infants and toddlers learn best when they are actively engaged with real objects and people. Infants’ and toddlers’ learning grows out of their direct actions on materials, people, and events in their environment. In this session, participants will examine the current research on screen media with infants and toddlers, discuss the ingredients of active learning and its importance to this young age, and identify sensory motor materials that appeal to all of children’s senses for optimal learning experiences.


US Nanny Institute


Dedicated to supporting childcare providers and families, Elizabeth Malson is an executive leader and Founder of the US Nanny Institute, an online college for nannies. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Panel Discussion: Nanny Training and Certifications.​

Nannies and educators discuss the different types of training and certification programs including nanny, childcare provider, newborn care and continuing education.


Posh Nanny & Premier Educators


Jessie Marie is the Founder and Owner of Posh Nanny & Premier Educators. She has devoted her life’s work to ensure every child has access to quality care by providing proper screening, education, and training. Jessie earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in human development. Over the years her experience in creating and teaching educational programs has allowed her to meet a broad cross-section of learners' needs.

Are You Listening to Understand?​

Description coming soon.


Volunteer General Counsel and Director of Ethics

US Nanny Association

Stephanie McGraw is a litigator with the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon. She is also a mother of two boys and has extensive experience with the childcare industry including volunteering as the general counsel for the US Nanny Association. Stephanie holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell University and received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.

Panel Discussion: Pros & Cons of Live-In Childcare.

Parents, live-in nannies and au pairs discuss the benefits and challenges of live-in childcare with tips on how to increase communication and align expectations.


Mindful Return


Lori Mihalich-Levin is an advocate for working parents and the founder of Mindful Return, a program that helps new parents return to work after parental leave.  She is also a health care partner at a global law firm and is the author of Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave, and mama to two boys, ages 8 and 10.

Returning to Work After Parental Leave.​

Heading back to work after having a baby is no small feat, even in "normal" times.  In this webinar, we will focus on strategies that help make the back-to-work transition more smooth and successful for new parents.  Specifically, we'll dive into the four proven themes of: (1) a mindful mindset; (2) mapping out logistics; (3) viewing your return as a leadership opportunity; and (4) staying connected to community.


Intuitive Behavioral and Educational Strategies

Melissa is a certified teacher with experience in both public education and home education classrooms. Through her business, Intuitive Behavioral and Educational Strategies, LLC, she works with both neurotypical and special needs populations. Melissa earned a master’s degree in reading and literacy as well as a graduate certificate in special needs education. She is currently working on her psychology PhD dissertation.

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in Autistic Children.​

Are you a parent or professional who takes care of children who have Autism? Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is an Autism profile which is characterized by heightened anxiety which causes demand avoidance. During the Pathological Demand Avoidance in Autistic Children presentation, you will learn strategies to assist with preventing meltdowns and aid in de-escalation of big emotions.


Dr. Mama Bird


Dr. Alex is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractor in Dallas, TX. She helps mothers from preconception through #momlife nurture their families without pouring from an empty cup. With additional post graduate training from The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Dr. Alex also treats newborns to high school athletes grow and thrive. 

Building Strong Kids - Children and Chiropractic.

Alexandria Pankoke, DC discusses the benefits of regular wellness chiropractic care for children as early as infancy up through adulthood. This seminar explores some of the conditions that may be improved with chiropractic care such as colic, ear infections, asthma, bed wetting, constipation, and ADHD.


Nanny Transitions


Glenda Propst spent 40 years caring for other people’s children. Glenda was a Child Care Center Director of a large child care center for 9 years. In 1984 she went through the St. Louis Child Day Care Association Nanny Training Program and worked for 31 years in the nanny industry. Glenda was a founding Board member of INA and a founder of the National Association of Nannies. Since 1998, Glenda has presented her Nanny Transitions workshop to help nannies and families.

Successful Transitions.​

When I left my first nanny job I was heartbroken. I did not know what to do with the sadness I felt about losing connection with the children I had loved and cared for from birth. What I learned was that even the best nanny jobs end and parents and nannies need to work together to make sure they offer their children a smooth transition as that happens. Saying goodbye to a beloved nanny, whether she has been with you for 6 months or 6 years is an important life lesson for your child.


Edu-Tainment Productions


Theresa Puskar is a highly skilled transformation leader, author and inspirational performer. The Founder of Edu-Tainment Productions, she has authored over 50 motivational books and study guides for adults, her most recent being 8 Ways to Declutter Your Brain and The Good Morning Mind: 9 Essential Mindfulness Habits for the Workplace. The creator of the Terri children’s emotional intelligence-based book series, she has toured her critically acclaimed show, Causeless Joy throughout the US and Canada.

The Three Keys to Conscious Caregiving.

Caregiving is tough, and it’s easy to suffer from burnout. Very often caregivers find themselves impatient and “not their usual selves” because they are physically and emotionally drained. Join best-selling author, edu-tainer, mindfulness expert and coach, Theresa Puskar as she takes you on a fun-filled journey and shares three life-changing keys that will unlock the portal to raising your consciousness, building your energy and reigniting your passion for caregiving.




Dr Janet Rose is currently Principal of Norland College, a specialist education and training  HEI for nannies and early years practitioners.  She is a former Reader in Education (Associate Professor) and has led various undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes at several universities, as well as various research projects in the early years. She has worked closely with the National College of Teaching and Learning and has presented her research at the House of Lords and the House of Commons. 

Emotion Coaching.

Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce, families and parents through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation. Dr. Janet Rose and Julia Gaskell will help professionals acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behavior.


DIY Nanny Adventure Camp

Sarah Salisbury has been a career nanny for 15 years and loves seeing how children learn as they play! Sarah, known for the fun and creative ways she engages her kids in unique activities, generously volunteered her time and talent to as one of the writers for DIY Nanny Adventure Camp.

Power of Play.

Play is the cornerstone of childhood and it is truly how children learn best! Children who engage in play are better prepared for school. They have better critical thinking skills, better problem solving skills, longer attention spans and more! Join me while I talk about the power of play and how the skills for reading, writing, math and science are laid in early infancy without ever needing to use worksheets or flash cards! Find out how art, pretend play, outdoor play and more teaches critical skills needed for a lifetime of learning!


Early Childhood Educator and Author

Colleen Schmit has worked in early childhood education as a teacher, consultant, program evaluator and speaker for over 16 years. She is the author of “Crisscross Applesauce and Shut the Hell Up: 10 Reflective Lessons for New and Seasoned Teachers” and “The Burn Book: 8 Key Strategies to Recognize and Extinguish Teacher Burnout.” Colleen earned her master’s in early childhood education at Concordia University and began her career as a teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a pre-K CLASS trainer and online CDA facilitator through Teachstone.

Relationship Building Fosters Skills & Self Regulation.

In order to promote an increase of social-emotional and academic learning outcomes, caregivers must first focus and value supporting positive and intentional relationships. Throughout this interactive session, attendees will self-reflect on current strategies they implement to support relationships in their interactions, evaluate the role relationships play, and leave with new ideas on how to better develop relationships with the children in their care.




Julietta Skoog is a Certified Positive Discipline Advanced Trainer with an Ed.S Degree in School Psychology and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Seattle University with over 15 years of experience in Seattle Public Schools. She is the co-founder of Sproutable, which offers online Positive Discipline certification courses and coaching specifically for nannies and parents. She is a former nanny and mom to three children, her greatest teachers.

Positive Discipline Tools to Teach Young Children How to Solve Problems.

Learn how to embrace peer and sibling conflict using specific Positive Discipline techniques that teach long - term social emotional skills. Regardless of their age, children have the opportunity to learn tools that decrease conflict and increase confidence, assertiveness, compassion and awareness.


Diversified Training Consultants Group


Dr. Macie P. Smith is a Licensed Social Worker and Gerontologist with more than two decades of experience working with aging and vulnerable populations and their family caregivers. She conducts research, develops programs, conducts program evaluations, and facilitates professional development training in the areas of health care management, family caregiving, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive impairment.

Family Caregiving is Not Family Parenting.

More than 11 million Americans find themselves smack dab in the middle of caring for an older adult loved one and their own family; affectionately known as the “Sandwich Generation”. This workshop is designed to provide the solutions that are needed to better manage the middle through information, education, and resources. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of the long term care system and the resources that are available to better support seniors that are aging in place with family members.

Clapping Audience

Thank You 2021

The Parent and Nanny Conference is thankful for all the sponsors and their generous support.

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US Nanny Institute


The US Nanny Institute is a recognized industry leader for college-level Professional Nanny training and certification. Over 30 faculty including teachers, childcare experts, child psychologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians teach a comprehensive curriculum specifically developed for in-home childcare providers. Nannies can choose up to 6 levels of training.


Want to be a Sponsor?

We'd like to invite businesses and organizations to sponsor the Parent & Nanny Conference. The Parent and Nanny Conference has 4 sponsorship packages: Platinum ($1000), Gold ($500), Silver ($250), Scholarship ($169) and Raffle ($75). We will also consider custom sponsorships. Download the pdf file or contact info@usnanny.org for more information.

Ready to be a Sponsor?


The $1000 Platinum Sponsorship includes

  • A video ad (up to 30 seconds) or the Executive Director will thank your business during the welcome video which is required viewing for all participants

  • Promote your business in 1 email announcement (1/4 page ad)

  • Promote your business in the Conference program (1/2 page ad)

  • Business is thanked on social media with 3 posts shared on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter including your business logo and link to the website

  • Listed on Conference website sponsorship page with your business logo, a backlink to your business website and a 1 sentence description of your business

  • Permission to use the USNA logo and Conference information on your business website through December 2021

  • Includes 4 Conference registrations valued at $199 each



The $250 Silver Sponsorship includes

  • Listed as a sponsor in the Conference program with your business logo and website

  • Listed on Conference website sponsorship page with your business logo and a backlink to your business website

  • Permission to use the USNA logo and Conference information on your business website through December 2021

  • Includes 1 Conference registration valued at $199



The $169 Scholarship Sponsorship (awarded by USNA to a scholarship applicant) includes

  • Listed as a scholarship sponsor in the Conference program with your business logo and website

  • Scholarship sponsors are thanked during the welcome video which is required viewing for all participants



The $500 Gold Sponsorship includes

  • Promote your business in 1 email announcement (1/4 page ad)

  • Listed as a sponsor in the Conference program with your business logo and website and a 1 sentence description

  • Business is thanked on social media with 1 post shared on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter including your business logo and link to the website

  • Listed on Conference website sponsorship page with your business logo, a backlink to your business website and a 1 sentence description of your business

  • Permission to use the USNA logo and Conference information on your business website through December 2021

  • Includes 2 Conference registrations valued at $199 each



The $75 Raffle Prize Sponsorship includes

  • Listed as a sponsor in the Conference program with your business logo and website

  • Business is thanked during the live event when raffle prize is awarded




We know this is a difficult time for people everywhere, including nannies, parents, agency owners and educators. We want to help.

The US Nanny Association has a limited number of scholarships available to those who need financial assistance to attend the Parent and Nanny Conference.


To apply, download and complete the application. Send the completed application (in Word or PDF) to nanny@usnanny.org. We will accept applications through Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.


Scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, August 16, 2021.

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