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

February 25, 2014

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 (RBAEYC) April 11-12.

The cost includes lunch and is $55 for the conference, $95 for the preconference event and $130 for both events, if postmarked by March 28, or registered online by April 3. 

Early-bird registration rates apply until March 1, with additional discounts for National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) members and $20 savings for anyone attending both days of the conference. Continuing Education Units are available for an additional fee.

RBAEYC’s annual “Spring Curriculum Conference” and the “Stepping Up to Leadership” pre-conference event will offer opportunities for early childhood teachers, providers, administrators and college students seeking careers in child care and early education to enhance their skills and share their experiences.

The Stepping Up to Leadership preconference event will take place the day before the conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 11. The pre-conference event is for early childhood program managers, directors and administrators. The keynote speaker, Dr. Vanessa Vander Graaf, associate professor of education from Lindenwood University, will give the interactive presentation “Social and Emotional Intelligences Add Depth to Leaders.”

The annual Spring Curriculum Conference: Children’s Opportunities/Our Responsibilities will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building on the SCC campus. Several workshops and trainings will be available for child care and early childhood professionals.

“The conference provides students the opportunity to get involved and learn more about the field and to network with area professionals,” said Linda Estes, SCC child care and early education program coordinator. “There will be more than 300 teachers and administrators who work with children from birth through third grade at the conference.”

For more information, visit the RBAEYC website, www.rbaeyc.org, or contact Estes 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. 

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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