FOCAL’s 42nd Annual Conference and SRBWI Convening theme is “Race and Child Care: Why Race Matters”. We will kick off the conference on Friday, November 14th at 10:00 AM at the Capitol steps for the third annual Stand for Children Celebration. Friday evening FOCAL membership will meet from 4:30-5:30 at the Homewood Suites Hotel and from 6:30-8:00 PM FOCAL will host a Raising the Curtain on Race Conversation also at Homewood Suites. On Saturday, November 15th Bryan A. Stevenson will deliver the keynote. The day will be filled with conversations, learning and strategies to address issues of racial bias and prejudice with children.