The annual Caring for Children Conference will be held on Saturday, March 26. The conference, which is sponsored by the High Plains Early Childhood Professional Development Partnership, is set for McCook Community College from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m MDT.
The keynote speaker will be Carrie Gottschalk, who has spent 16 years working mental health and education. She currently works as a family consultant and child/family therapist, specializing in parent training and behavior modification for children with behavioral disorders.
Gottschalk’s keynote presentation is entitled “I Am Bein’ Have!” She will also do break-out sessions on individualized behavior support plans. At the conference’s closing session “Remind Me Why I Do This!?!” she will help attendees to regroup, refresh, and renew their commitment to working with children.
Other conference presenters include Extension Educator Mary Kay Warner, Jody Crocker and Joy Farr from McCook Public Library, Darlene Bantam of Family Service Childcare Food Program, Head Start Center Director Nikki Banzhaf, Sara Mashek from McCook Community Hospital, Love and Logic instructor Christina Walker, and yoga instructor Gerri Jardine.
The Caring for Children Conference is for anyone who is interested in children. Many child care providers, preschool teachers, Head Start staff, and foster parents use the conference to obtain their required continuing education hours. The conference will also be helpful to parents, elementary teachers, college students, and others who work with young children.
The conference is sponsored by these members of the High Plains Early Childhood Professional Development Partnership: Family Resource Center, McCook Community College, McCook Public Schools, ESU 16, ESU 15, McCook Public Library, Southwest Public Schools, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Head Start, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Family Services Childcare Food Program, University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension, Red Willow County Health Department, SouthWest Early Intervention Team, and Nebraska Educational Assistive Technology.
The conference is sponsored by a grant from federal and/or state funds administered by the Nebraska Department of Education.
The conference fee of $20 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. For more information, call Cheryl Roche at 308-289-6109.
To register for the conference, call the Center For Enterprise at McCook Community College at 308-345-8122 or toll-free 800-658-4348, extension 8122.