Sunday, August 30, 2009

Spotlight on ADCAN - Association of DC Area Nannies

In honor of National Nanny Recognition Week, I want to send a shout out to all of our amazing Nanny Groups. As Nanny Group leaders we struggle with finding the nannies, reaching out to the nanny community for speakers, funding, events and so much more.

With many different types of nanny groups – social, educational, online or a mixture of features – there are many groups across the country that serve the local nanny population by providing a resource and networking platform for nannies to come together.

This month and in the future, I will feature various nanny groups across the country, and I thought it was only fitting to start at the beginning.

ADCAN – Association of DC Area Nannies is the longest running nanny support group in the country, celebrating 24 years. Started by the late Harriette Grant, ADCAN serves the Washington DC metro area, along with MD and Northern VA, ADCAN is proud of its heritage and long-running traditions.

Each month, September – May, ADCAN holds monthly meetings at the McLean Community Center, bringing in educational speakers, industry leaders, roundtable discussion topics and community volunteering opportunities. Nanny members enjoy such benefits as a bi-monthly newsletter; members only access playgroup listing, interactive website, discounts to conferences, access to industry businesses, monthly Nanny Night Out and Social events, summer fun events with and without charges, NNRW brunch, Holiday party, a fall trip to the Orchard with the kids, and much more.

ADCAN gives back to the community as well. For 2009, ADCAN has ‘adopted’ a local children’s charity and this summer provided 13 complete Summer of Fun bags which included swimsuits, towels, flip flops, cameras, sunscreen, insect repellent, goggles, playing cards and much more. These bags went to supply kids at a local summer camp! In September ADCAN will collect school supplies and will do a gift drive for the holidays.

With a board of directors of seven amazing nannies, ADCAN strives to meet the needs of its members, recruit new members and businesses and create a positive image of nannies in the DC metro area and across the country.

ADCAN is looking forward to welcoming Nannypalooza attendees in October to the Washington, DC metro area. They will be hosting the Sunday breakfast, as well as assisting with travel to and from the hotel to the conference venue.

ADCAN also offers businesses an opportunity to get involved. Industry related businesses can advertise in the newsletter, and links appear on the website and blog, as well as other benefits.
As the current president of ADCAN, I am so proud of our nannies and the support they show to our organization. They continue to give of themselves to our charity, come to our meetings and events, help spread the word about our organization and are true professionals in the work they do with the children they care for.

Email info (at) dcareanannies (dot) com or adcan2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Phone 866-841-9139 Ext. 2176

Kellie Geres, President

ADCAN is open to all area nannies. We have various levels of membership to suit your needs. Monthly meetings are open for anyone to attend.