Corporate Kids Events, a conference childcare company that provides nationwide services, teamed up with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) for their 40th Anniversary and 37th Annual International Conference on June 30th through July 3rd, 2022.
The event took place in Washington, D.C. and was their first conference since 2019 due to COVID-19. This conference was aimed at connecting and networking with people and parents with similar challenges and included special guests, medical professionals and expert researchers for the parents and a very fun week long kinds camp for the kids aged 5-17yrs old. This is one of several events NAAF has each year and Corporate Kids Events has been providing childcare for the group for over 15 years.
NAAF was established in 1981 to offer support to those affected by Alopecia Areata. NAAF’s various support programs and resources offer different ways to create a sense of community amongst individuals with Alopecia and their families. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles which results in unpredictable hair loss that can often come out in patches. NAAF has now been providing support to those with the condition for over 4 decades.
With the help of Corporate Kids Events, the NAAF Conference attendees were able to bring their children to the weeklong conference. While the parents attended their events, the kids enjoyed a wide array of activities, special guests, entertainment and conference childcare at the same location in different conference rooms as well as off site for field trips.
Corporate Kids Events hosted 100 kids aged 5-17 years. Our Program Managers: Lucy, Sam and Nicole have worked with the group previously so the kids knew them from previous camps. In addition we had around 20 local staff from the D.C. area. Lucy reported her favorite part of the event was, “being able to see the kids being so free and to see them grow over the years.” This was the 13th NAAF event Lucy had been a part of and had seen many of the kids when they were very young to now teenagers. Lucy Leon is one of the Senior Program Managers with Corporate Kids Events and has been managing events nationwide for over 13 years.
Each of the event days, the kids had different activities or a field trip. The teens favorite was the field trip the Smithsonian Museum of National History where they got to visit the Butterfly Pavilion, Archeology, Ancient Animals and Pirate Treasures. Visiting the museum was an opportunity for the teens to learn, be inspired and to bring change to communities. Another special part of this conference childcare program was the special guests: Ayanna Pressley, US State Representative and Charlie Villanueva, NBA Superstar, both whom have Alopecia Areata. Meeting these influential individuals gave the kids inspiration to not let their condition get in the way of their dreams. “It was very inspiring,” reported Chris Walker, one of our local DC staff, “I was emotionally touched by these kids and had an awesome time getting to know them.”
And that is a wrap, another successful and fun conference childcare event complete!
The International NAAF Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 30th– July 3rd, 2022. You can learn more about Alopecia and NAAF by visiting their website (www.naaf.org).
We look forward to hosting future conference childcare events with NAAF, thanks for your trust in Corporate Kids Events.
Corporate Kids Events, or CKE has been providing conference childcare since 1998. We organize and run signature programs for meetings, conferences and gatherings in a COVID safe environment nationally and internationally. We are experts in managing large groups of children and have experience in a wide variety of program types to suit your needs. Feel free to visit our website anytime for more information or a free quote on your next event(www.conferencechildcare.com)