2024 NWRA Events











NWRA members and attendees should register on this page, see above.  NARA members, please register here on NARA’s Website.

NARA & NWRA Announce 2024 Joint Convening

The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) and the National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA) are pleased to announce their joint Licensing Seminar and Leadership Symposium to be held September 23-25, 2024 in Minneapolis, MN. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this first-ever collaborative convening.

The theme for this year’s convening is “Soaring Together to Support the Workforce: Ensuring Safe, Healthy Environments Where All Children, Youth, and Adults Thrive.” This co-hosted NARA Licensing Seminar and NWRA Leadership Symposium will highlight the important relationship and integration opportunities between licensing and registry professionals, as well as include a robust line-up of concurrent sessions on adult care, child care, child welfare, and workforce registries. There will also be plenty of collaborative networking opportunities, and a chance to connect with exhibitors about products and services to increase system efficiencies.  Click here to learn more.

Call for Presenters
The call for presenters has closed. We will announce selected sessions in early June.

Check back soon for the schedule-at-a-glance.

Exhibitors and Sponsors
More information is coming soon! Exhibitors and sponsors may contact events@naralicensing.org or coordinator@registryalliance.org to learn about available opportunities.

If you’re attending in person, the conference will take place at the InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.  Guest rooms will be available to conference attendees at a reduced rate of $203 per night plus tax. We recommend early registration; this event will sell out. Reserve your room here.

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The 2024 conference will be held at the InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.  
Conference registration opened on April 22, 2024. Early Bird rates closed when tickets sold out.
We recommend early registration; this event will sell out.
NARA members can register by visiting NARA’s 2024 Licensing Seminar webpage.
Exhibitors and sponsors are welcome and should contact events@naralicensing.org or coordinator@registryalliance.org to learn more about available event opportunities.  



In 2024, half of states with an ECE Professional Registry (23) required workforce members employed in licensed settings to be registered as care givers. Join us to learn from these trend setting states and leadership: why they did it, how it’s going, and what impact it can have for system design and effeciency. During this event we will include tracks for registry specific sesisons appropriate for directors, state leaders, and CCDF Administrators interested in learning more about or how to strengthen their state’s registry data, integrations, and partnerships. We will also include at least one track in every breakout of interest to all attendees. Don’t miss this first of a kind partnership to support system collaboartion and opportunities to learn from those who are doing this important work: what worked well, what we need/want more of, and what is next level for innovating partners.


More About Us & Our Members:

The National Association for Regulatory Administration is an international non-profit professional association founded in 1976 representing all human care licensing, with a particular emphasis on adult residential and assisted living, adult day care, child care, and child welfare. Among our partners are providers, consumers and their families, regulators, advocates, concerned citizens, business and religious communities, policy-makers, universities, researchers, and allied professionals from the academic, technical and treatment disciplines. Good human care is essential for the nation’s economic and social well-being. Families need child, youth and adult care for dependent family members who cannot remain at home. The number of children, youth and vulnerable adults in out-of-home care is at an all-time high, and still growing. NARA provides guidance for their protection in an era of downsizing, regulatory reform, privatization and other challenges found in the human care and service industry.
The National Workforce Registry Alliance is a nationwide, non-profit membership home to 46 state registries. For 20 years we have convened registry leadership and staff, software vendors, national and international training organizations, non-profit allies, data professionals, researchers, and change agents committed to supporting those who care for children. The NWRA’s mission is to advance a well-prepared, adequately supported, equitably represented and recognized early childhood and out-of-school time workforce, by establishing and supporting quality data and professional development system standards for registries. In that capacity, the NWRA facilitates access to and technical assistance for state members and sets standards that unify and guide the early learning workforce data collection and professional development systems across the nation. We are vested in elevating the nation’s essential early childhood professionals, strengthening their competencies and career pathways, and leveraging the data registries collect to better inform policymakers and investments for and on behalf of those who care for and educate our youngest citizens.
Did you know that registries have been convening for over two decades?

Check out the history of our annual conferences, by location.