The Story Behind INA

In 1985, Dr. Deborah Davis, then a young mother and educator, founded INA. Her mission was to help legitimize and professionalize the nanny profession. Thanks to her insight and personal sacrifices, in 1985, she brought together nanny agency owners, nannies and nanny educators from the United States, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for the first INA conference. More than 100 people gathered at Scripps College in Claremont, California, to focus on training and professionalism for in-home caregivers in the United States. Since then, INA has become one of the country’s leading associations to press for professional standards, recognition and working conditions for nannies. The public eventually caught on that a professional nanny is not simply a baby sitter or housekeeper—but an educated professional who is trained in child development techniques.