SCC to Host Early Childhood Education Conference

Child care and early education leaders and teachers to gather for Rivers Bend Association for the Education of Young Children

March 25, 2011

Child care and early education leaders and teachers from throughout eastern Missouri will gather at St. Charles Community College for the spring conference of the Rivers Bend Association for the Education of Young Children April 15-16.

RBAEYC’s annual “Spring Curriculum Conference” and the “Stepping Up to Leadership” preconference event will offer opportunities for early childhood teachers, providers and administrators to enhance their skills and share their experiences.

The annual Spring Curriculum Conference will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building on the SCC campus. More than 40 sessions will be available, covering topics such as behavior and guidance issues, math activities for all ages, understanding children with special needs, blogging as a means of communication and education, enhancing learning through photography and many more. Several vendors will also be onsite to provide educational resources for the classroom, including children’s books, puppets and blocks.

The Stepping Up to Leadership preconference event will take place the day before the conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 15. The preconference event is for early childhood program directors and managers as well as those individuals interested in operating their own child care businesses. Topics covered in the sessions will include social networking, 10 tips for coaching adults, how to develop a successful child care business, staff morale and communicating with families.

“The conference draws more than 300 teachers and administrators who work with children from birth through third grade,” said Linda Estes, SCC child care and early education program coordinator. “It’s also a tremendous opportunity for students to get involved and learn more about the field and to network with area professionals.”

The cost includes lunch and is $55 for the conference, $95 for the preconference event and $130 for both events, if postmarked by April 1, or registered online by April 5. Additional discounts are available for those who are members of National Association for the Education of Young Children. Continuing Education Units are available for an additional fee.

For more information, visit the RBAEYC website, www.rbaeyc.org, or contact Linda Estes, SCC child care and early education program coordinator, at 636-922-8669 or lestes@stchas.edu.

RBAEYC is the Eastern Missouri chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children of Missouri, which is part of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The mission of the association is to promote excellence in early childhood programs through education, professional development, and advocacy.

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