March 11-14, 2024


March 11-14, 2024

The 2024 Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 11-14 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The meeting will take place at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home campus, 1310 Franklin Rd., Brentwood, TN 37027.

The Annual Spring Meeting workshop targets the childcare executives, program directors, and facility managers with relevant and practical information useful for leadership positions of agencies and programs.

Registration Includes:

  • Banquet for attendee plus one guest
  • Meeting sessions and breakouts
  • Lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday

Registration Fee



One guest is included per registration for the banquet. Any additional guests are $50 each. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meal costs outside of the main schedule for dinners, plus any expenses on Thursday.


Four Points by Sheraton Nashville-Brentwood
760 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027

King: $169.00  •  Double Queen: $179.00
Rates effective March 9-14, 2024

Session Topics and Presenters

The Conventional Wisdom About Residential Care is Wrong

Bruce Henderson

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Bruce B. Henderson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Western Carolina University. After graduating from Bucknell University, he began his career working with preschool children with various intellectual challenges. He obtained his PhD in child psychology from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development where he was a Bush Foundation Fellow. At Western Carolina he taught courses in child and adolescent development, history and theory of psychology, current issues, and research methodology. He has worked as an adjunct Professor of Social Work for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a research consultant at the Yale Child Study Center, as a consultant for the National Science Foundation, as a center fellow at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and as a member of the Scholar’s Council of the University of North Carolina System.

Bruce has published extensively on the development of children’s curiosity and on memory development among other topics. Bruce’s writing on children and youth has appeared in scholarly outlets such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, the International Journal of Behavioral Development, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Cognitive Development but also in general audience outlets such as The New York Times and GRAND magazine. Funding for his work has come from the Foundation for Child Development, the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and various local and state sources. He is the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and service awards, including the UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Award, and was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2001. Bruce has served on the Board of Directors for the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families since 1990.

Created for Connection: It’s Knit into our DNA. It’s Knit Into Our Purpose

Kenneth Sanderfer, LMFT

Certified EFT Therapist/Trainer

Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer  *  AAMFT Approved Supervisor
As a Certified EFT Trainer, Kenny educates and trains EFT Therapists across several states. He is the founder and director of EFT Tennessee, Nashville's center for training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He provides EFT supervision for therapists pursuing EFT certification. As a Certified EFT Therapist, he provides intensive two-day couples therapy in Murfreesboro, TN. He recently co-authored a book with Dr. Sue Johnson,Created for Connection: The Hold Me Tight Guide for Christian Couples.

Kenny completed his undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He completed his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. He is licensed by the state of Tennessee in Marital and Family Therapy (license #564) and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. When he is away from work you will find him fly fishing, training horses, ranching and spending time with his wife, Suzette and their five grandchildren.

Practical Tools for Team Performance and Healthy Culture

Christy Singleton

Executive Coach and Consultant

Christy Singleton is a dedicated professional who excels in guiding leaders and organizations through her venture, Leadership Sanity. As an Executive Coach and Consultant, she specializes in leadership development, transitions, nonprofit governance, and elevating team performance. With a diverse background working with leaders across various industries, Christy has consistently helped improve communication, collaboration, and overall effectiveness, resulting in optimized performance.

Christy draws from her extensive experience including her two decades of executive leadership at Mercy Multiplied, a global nonprofit focused on transforming lives through counseling programs and outreach services. During her tenure, Christy played a pivotal role in transitioning the organization from a founder-driven culture to a scalable venture led by an innovative and empowered team. She serves on several nonprofit boards, a foundation board, and contributes as a mentor for the Praxis nonprofit accelerator. She is Myers-Briggs trained and certified in the 5Voices and 100x Leader curriculums of GiANT Worldwide, and she is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Before her non-profit leadership roles, Christy gained valuable experience in long-term care administration. She holds an MA in Gerontology from the University of South Florida and a BA in English from Davidson College. Currently, she is pursuing an MA in Executive Coaching and Consulting from Concordia University-Irvine, further enhancing her skillset.

Christy and her husband, Steve, live in Nashville, TN. They have three adult children scattered across the US. Outside of her professional commitments, she finds joy in teaching indoor cycling and spending time with her two beloved Australian Labradoodles.

CARE – Why & How to Implement this Evidence-Based Model

Frank Kuhn, Ph.D.

Retired Clinical Psychologist

Frank Kuhn, Ph.D. is retired from his position as Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. A clinical psychologist, Frank worked in clinical, educational and administrative positions with child welfare organizations, medical facilities and universities for over 40 years.

He has provided consultation and training to agencies across the U.S, Canada, Australia, Bermuda, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Dr. Kuhn coordinated CARE implementation throughout North America and Europe.

Research interests include implementation and evaluation of program models in human service organizations and facilitation of positive organizational change.