2011-09-29 / General Stories

Childcare Provider Conference

A Childcare Provider Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at the Caldwell Civic Center in Caldwell, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices of Burleson, Grimes and Lee counties have teamed up to sponsor this event. All counties are welcome to attend. Registration deadline is October 5.

The Circle of Learning Childcare Provider Conference is geared for childcare providers, center directors/ assistant directors, home care providers, students, and parents. This quality conference will feature workshops addressing SIDS/Shaken Baby Syndrome, Transporting Children Safely, Food Handlers Permit, Childhood Obesity, Art Activities, Child Abuse & Neglect, Developmental Appropriate Activities, Child Development and Learning, Guidance/ Discipline/Challenging Behavior, Cognitive Development, Environmental Education, Family Child Care, Family Development and Support, Leadership Development, Learning Environment, Physical Development, Teaching & Instructional Practices, Program Administration & Financial Management, Professionalism & Ethics, and Relationships Among Children and Adults. Participants can expect to receive relevant research-based information from professionals with Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Although children’s care is influenced by many different elements of the environment, parents are the primary influence in the lives of young children. Research indicates that children who grow up; with actively involved and nurturing parents reap numerous benefits, including better school performance, increased self-esteem, healthier relationships with peers, and greater access to financial resources.

Caregivers also have the opportunity to influence and impact children through their daily interactions. The Texas Workforce Commission estimates that there are over 100,000 childcare providers caring for more than 760,000 children, under the age of 13, in licensed or regulated childcare facilities in Texas. Having a well-trained childcare workforce is essential to providing the high quality child care that children need to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

Conference registration will include a conference memento, continental breakfast, lunch, literature and educational exhibits. Childcare providers will earn seven clock hours, CEU hours can be obtained at an additional fee.

For more information or to register, please contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service; Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Tonya Poncik at (979) 542-2753 in Lee County.

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