American Atheists Will Provide Childcare at Annual Convention

Over the past few years, there’s been a push to make atheist conventions more worthwhile for families and parents to attend. For their 50th anniversary convention this March in Austin, Texas, American Atheists will be providing childcare options for parents (thanks to the help of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science):

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for [Reason] and Science U.S. (RDFRS) is providing low-cost childcare for infants through 7 years of age. Camp Quest, an educational children’s camp featuring science, natural wonder, and humanist values, will provide a day camp for young people ages 8 through 16.

Amanda Knief, Managing Director said, “With the addition of childcare at our National Convention, we are able to offer families nationwide the flexibility to participate in this special celebration. By providing for their needs, we continue to prove our commitment to true family values.

That’s a wonderful option for parents.

It would be even greater if a donor (or three) could sponsor the entire cost of childcare for parents so that even more of them would be enticed to attend the conference. At the very least, though, lowering the cost eliminates one of the barriers that prevent some people from attending these events, so hats off to RDFRS and AA for making this happen.

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  • A3Kr0n

    Hey, just like church! Will there be cookies and coffee in the narthex afterward?
    Just kiddin’ around…

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    The “evil” babies in this photo reminds me of a conversation I once had with my Catholic mother (who really loved kids, babies especially)…. the one thing she found most unacceptable about Catholic doctrine was the idea that babies are born with some form of evil (original sin) that needs a priest to do a baptism to wash it away. She went to mass at least weekly for over 70 years but could not accept that part of Catholic ideology.

  • Santiago

    Yes, free childcare while at the conference would even be better. Still, I commend the RDFRS for subsidizing some of its cost. Perhaps some of the most prominet atheist bloggers could raise some funds to offset the diference? (For all I know they already have).

  • anniewhoo

    I’m not going to the conference, but if there were an on-line fund I would be happy to sponsor a young family’s childcare expenses. Perhaps others would too. Do you know if there is any way we could do that?

  • Simon

    A very low nominal fee is preferable IMO. I know from experience that whenever you make any event related item completely free you get large numbers of people signing up and then not show up, making it very hard to allocate resources.

  • coyotenose

    I always loved that word, “narthex”. It sounds so… so EVIL.

  • cipher

    Of course they’re offering child care! That’s how those evil atheists begin the indoctrination of your kids!

  • CoboWowbo

    That picture is making me hungry…