Family Friendliness at CERF 2019

CERF 2019 has been working hard to improve on our past success in being a family-friendly conference, making the conference easier to navigate for nursing mothers and others with growing children. Here are a few examples of the plans to assist this group of attendees. 

  • We will have a special room set up for pumping breast milk with amenities that only a pumping mother can truly appreciate, like a fridge with divided storage, and important supplies.
  • The Family Friendliness Committee has identified a local Mom's Day Out facility -Sunshine Sue's Playgarden - that offers drop-in care. The facility is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, cost is $50/child and the facility is located 6 miles from the Convention Center. They accept children 8 months - 6 years old. Please mention you are a member of CERF when making your reservation. We strongly suggest you contact them ahead of time to ensure there is space available. Advanced, pre-paid reservations are required.

    You can also check with your hotel concierge for other childcare suggestions.

  • We are working on discounts for some of Mobile’s area attractions, suggestions of kid-friendly restaurants near the conference, and a map with nearby parks so you can get out and burn off that conference energy.
  • Please note: Children are welcome at conference sessions/workshops, in the exhibit hall, poster sessions, and receptions (Sunday through Thursday evenings) provided they are accompanied at all times by registered adult attendees. Please keep in mind that alcohol will be served at evening events. Parents are asked to show consideration to the presenters and other attendees by being proactive to avoid disruptions of the scientific program.  

If you have any questions or suggestions to improve your experience as a parent at CERF, please contact Dottie Byron ([email protected]).

* CERF has undertaken reasonable efforts to provide references to an appropriate childcare resource; however, parents should conduct proper due diligence in choosing a service for their children. CERF is providing this reference without endorsement, representation or warranty of any kind. Parents shall assume all responsibility for their research and selection of childcare facilities for their children. In no event shall CERF, or its directors, officers, or employees, be held liable for any losses, injury, damages, or any other consequences resulting from, or arising in connection with the use of, or reliance on, these childcare resources.