Accommodating on-site daycare is important in order for participants with children to fully engage in the conference without the burden of securing childcare off-site. Most of the participants coming to AWP are not familiar with the city in which AWP is held and do not know how far the off-site providers are from the conference location. Further, it would give peace of mind to participants to know that their children are in a facility at the conference itself. Whether these parents are part of a panel, reading, or attending the book fair, the more engaged participants are, the better the conference will be for the entire AWP community. For single parents, these issues become very important as there is only one parent to deal with this responsibility. A great number of conference participants are parents who would benefit from daycare service and would be appreciative of it.
9/ 22 Update:
The director of AWP, Christian Teresi, called me on September 22nd and said that the cost of daycare would be $70,000 for the conference due to the expense of liability insurance. If this amount is spread across the 9,000 attendees, it only amounts to $7.75 per person. Of course, AWP would generate some revenue from fees collected from the parents who will use the daycare. Men and non- parents please help support parent writers by signing this petition. You do not need to have children to sign this petition. For the cost of one drink at the AWP hotel bar, you can really help the writing community. Let's come together to make this happen.