Sunday, June 27, 2010

Taking Your Nanny Support Group to the Next Level

Check out my six part series on Taking Your Nanny Group to the Next Level. 

Part One - What type group is best for you, targeting nannies and reaching out in your community.

Part Two - Websites

Part Three - Newsletters

Part Four - Fundraising

Part Five - Membership Dues and Business Members

Part Six - Promoting Your Group and Ways to Cut Costs


Friday, June 18, 2010

Nanny Support Groups Give Back - Community Service Update

Nanny Support Groups across the country came together these past few months and held community service projects.  Read about how this effort came about and below is an update of what some of the groups accomplished.

Association of DC Area Nannies ~ ADCAN
Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC

ADCAN participated in the Unity Community Service by hosting a series of collections for the National Center for Children &Families which serves families in need who reside in the greater Washington, DC area. Some of the services they offer are: foster care, transitional housing, shelter for the homeless, battered women services, summer camp programs,…. just to name the top few.

Collections were donated at their nanny support group meetings and included: summer camp items such as bathing suites, flip flops and sunscreen, as well as, art and baby supplies.

BANSG Boston Area Nanny Support Group
Boston and surrounding suburbs

On May 1st, BANSG provided childcare for pre-schoolers who attend the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA during their yearly regional conference. Members of the BANSG Nanny Support group acted as counselors for the day in a well-organized “camp” for the impaired children and their sighted siblings.

Their participation allowed parents of an impaired child to learn hope and strategies for raising and educating a blind or visually impaired (often multi-impaired) child, and to meet and talk with other parents who are experiencing similar challenges. Jan St Clair, leader of the BANG support group said, “It was not unusual that we were the first people these parents have ever been able to trust to care for their handicapped child, and that this conference marked their first hours away from focusing on the direct care of their child!”


Denver Area Nanny Association
Denver Area

The Denver Area Nanny Association held a book drive for Children's Hospital of Denver in March and April 2010 and hopes to continue collecting books throughout the summer. The group held two Nanny Brunches, at the homes of Christy Ochs and Melissa Lawson where 8 nannies brought new and gently used books.

After the books were collected Christy Ochs and Cindy Wilkinson took them to donate to Children's Hospital. They also have additional new books that will be donated to "Brett's Place" which is a Ronald McDonald type house for families of transplant patients.


Nanny Alliance of NY &NJ
Tri-stat: NY/NJ/CT Area

Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ participated in March of Dimes Walk on April 25th in Mahwah, NJ. The walk gives hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money raised supports programs in the community that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. As well as, funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies.

The group’s efforts raised over $800, and we greatly appreciate all the support we received from our families, employers, friends and the nanny community.


Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance
Southeastern Wisconsin

NPNA collected books and volunteered to read to children at Next Door Foundation in Milwaukee, MI, an organization that helps bring books and early learning skills to inner city children.

The group hosted this event during the Week of the Young Child (April 11-17).

Several nannies volunteered to read on April 13th to groups of 3, 4 and 5 year old children. The event was a great success and the group proudly collected over 200 books for The Next Door Foundation. .


The Nanny Support Groups were proud to show their communities that nannies care for ALL children.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Coming Soon!

Taking Your Nanny Support Group to the Next Level.  This six part series will begin June 7 and help nanny group leaders or those interested in starting a group, learn ways to get noticed, fundraisers available to nanny groups, attracting sponsors and ways to cut costs. 

Something particular you would like addressed?  Email me nannygroups ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com with your idea or concern.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nannies Giving Back to Local and National Causes

Nanny Support Groups~ Community Unity Service ~Spring 2010

by Andrea Flagg
Facilitator Nanny Alliance of New York and New Jersey

In Fall of 2007 I met with several of the leaders from Nanny Support Groups across the US while attending NannyPalooza. I admired all the group leaders and how each and every group supported the nannies who were their members.

As we were discussing the types of events our nanny groups hosted, a few mentioned that they participated in community service. This was one area my group, Nanny Alliance of New York and New Jersey was lacking in. Hearing the other groups experience with volunteering inspired me.

At my group’s next meeting I brought up the idea and was pleased to hear the response of suggestions and ideas our members shared. That winter we helped two organizations by collecting items for the local food bank, and then hats, gloves, and scarf’s for the homeless. In April of 2008 my group banned together with NANC (National Association for Nanny Care) and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) for Week of the Young Child where Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ’s efforts collected over 750 books for two community centers in the Tri-state NJ/NY/CT area.

It felt great participating in these events and helping our community! It was wonderful to spend time with the ladies and demonstrate that nannies are caring individuals who are responsible and community-oriented. Having such a positive experience left me wanting to do even more!

In March of 2010, I presented an idea to the Nanny Support Group Leaders for us all to ban together where each of our groups chose a form of community service to represent. My goal was to keep it simple and let the groups decide on who, where and what type of event they wanted to partake in.

Nannies are such loving, giving souls and the response was excellent!

So, Nanny Support Group Community Unity Spring 2010 was created!

Here’s what we have planned:

Association of DC Area Nannies ~ ADCANMaryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC
http://www.dcareanannies.com/

National Center for Children & FamiliesWashington DC/Maryland Boarder
Entire Spring Season

ADCAN will participate in the Unity Community Service by hosting a series of collections for the National Center for Children & Families. Collections will include a Summer Camp supply collection, Art Supply Collection and Baby Supplies Collection. Collections will be at our March, April and May meetings, the third Sunday of each month.

ADCAN president Kellie Geres says "Our group has done work with them this past year and they have been wonderful and appreciative. They do so much - foster care, transitional housing, homeless shelter, battered women services, summer camp programs, and the list goes on."
To learn more about this organization please visit their website at: http://www.nccf-cares.org/.

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BANSG Boston Area Nanny Support GroupBoston and surrounding suburbs
http://bansg.info/

Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, MA
May 1st

BANSG will provide childcare during the yearly regional conference held at the Perkins School for the Blind for parents of visually impaired preschoolers. We are counselors for the day in a well-organized “camp” for the impaired children and their sighted siblings.

Our participation allows parents of an impaired child to learn hope and strategies for raising and educating a blind or visually impaired (often multi-impaired) child, and to meet and talk with other parents who are meeting the same challenges. It is not unusual that we are the first people these parents have ever been able to trust to care for their handicapped child, and that this conference marks their first hours away from focusing on the direct care of their child!

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Central Florida NanniesOrlando and surrounding areas
http://www.centralfloridanannies.wordpress.com/

March of Dimes
April 24th
Orlando, FL
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CincyNanny Community
Greater Cincinnati Area
http://www.cincynanny.com/

Go Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
May 15th

The nannies from our group will participate in "Go Cincinnati" one of the largest serve projects in our cities' history. We will be assigned to a project that directly influences children.

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Denver Area Nanny Association
Denver Area
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DenverAreaNannyAssociation/

Children's book drive.
Month of April
Denver, Co Area

The group will deliver new and gently used children's books to lower income area Pediatric clinics, and a women's shelter (The Gathering Place), as well as, Brett's Place which is a Ronald McDonald type home for families and their children who have cancer.

We are going to encourage our group to try and involve their charges in selecting some of their books to donate.

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Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ
Tri-state NY/NJ/CT Area
http://www.nannyalliancenyandnj.com/

March of Dimes Walk for Babies
Mahwah, NJ
April 25th

The walk gives hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year.
The money raised supports programs in the community that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. As well as, funds research to find answers to the problems
that threaten babies.
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Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance
www.nannyalliance
. blogspot. com

Next Door FoundationMilwaukee, WI
April 2010

Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance will host a book drive for Next Door Foundation - an organization that provides books to inner-city children in our area. We will also be volunteering in their Read to Me program - nannies will read to small groups of 3, 4 and 5 year olds at Next Door Foundation on Tuesday, April 13th.

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Northwest Nanny AssociationGreater Seattle area
http://www.northwestnanny.com/

ChildrenshavenWashington State
April 2010

The Northwest Nanny Association will be collecting new and gently used books, as well as, other infant/child related items. We will be donating all items to Childhaven in Washington State.

Childhaven's four Western Washington branch centers provide therapeutic child care and early childhood education to babies, toddlers and preschoolers who have suffered from or are at risk of abuse and neglect. We are encouraging all nanny members to have the children and the families they work for get involved. Several nanny members from our group will personally be delivering the items at the end of April.


Andrea Flagg
Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Spotlight on Nanny Network of Richmond

Nanny Network of Richmond
Angela Jackson
804-314-7958
nanniesinrichmond@yahoo.com

The Nanny Network of Richmond
The Nanny Network is an association dedicated to the support and education of professional nannies. It is a non-profit organization made up of nannies in the Richmond , Virginia area. By joining our organization, you will become part of a network that will provide you with information pertinent to the nanny profession. You will also gain new friends with which to share ideas and spend time. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month.Please call or email for the location. You are invited to participate as little or as much as you wish. There are many activities in which to take part. For you and your charges there are playgroups and holiday activities. For you, the nanny, there are Nanny Nights Out, meetings, parties, CPR classes, conferences, and plenty of other social activities and educational opportunities.
Be a part of this wonderful group serving Richmond and the surrounding areas. No dues are required of members, and membership is very diverse in ages of the nannies.