28th Annual Early Childhood Conference

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Chautauqua Child Care Council

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the 28th Annual Early Childhood Conference will be held at Chautauqua Lake Central School, in Mayville, New York. Superintendent of Schools for the Dunkirk City School District, Dr. James Tracy, is slated to be this year’s keynote speaker and will present: “Early Childhood Education: The Game Changer for Public Education”

Dr. Tracy will relate his personal experiences with pre-K programs and early childhood education. A quality early education experience helps ensure an individual child’s success in school as well as the overall success of the school system. Access to high-quality early childhood education can create equity and help eliminate poverty over time. It is for the business community, a tremendous opportunity with an amazing return in investment.

Several workshops will be presented at the day-long conference including:
Family Engagement, My Plate for Picky Eaters, Mandated Reporter Training: What You Need to Know; Combating Toxic Messages by Analyzing Today’s Media, Dealing with Children with Special Behaviors (Alcohol in the Family), Are You New to Child Care?, Obesity Prevention, Experiencing Nature with Toddlers and Preschoolers, Here’s the Curriculum. Now what? What do I do next?, Creating a Family-Like Atmosphere in an Early Childhood Classroom with Cooking and Music, and Stewards of Children. Keynote and workshop presenters include staff from Dunkirk Public Schools, Lake Shore Family Center, Jamestown Community College, Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), the Chautauqua Child Care Council, Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, QUALITYstarsNY, and Pine Valley Elementary School.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Children (CCAEYC), Chautauqua Lake Central School, Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, the Chautauqua Child Care Council/COI, Campus and Community Children’s Center, and Jamestown Community College.

Registration is available at the door but does not include a boxed lunch. Costs are: CCAEYC Members $35, Non-CCAEYC Members $45, Students $15.

For more information, go to ccaeyc.org or contact Chris Wigren, Registrar, Chautauqua Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., at 716-661-9430 ext. 2290.