Early childhood educators and others who want to learn more about early childhood education have until February 17 to pre-register at reduced prices for the 17th Annual Circles of Care Early Childhood Conference set for Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Fort Myers campus of Edison State College.
The 17th Annual Circles of Care Conference is presented by Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., in partnership with Edison State College.
Pre-registration is $37 and increases to $45 at the door. Participants may register in person or by mail by sending payment and a completed registration to Child Care of Southwest Florida at 6831 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Online registration is available at www.ccswfl.org for an additional $3 service fee.
Circles of Care will last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers up to five hours of annual in-service credit for attendees. Sponsors for the event are Edison State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, ABS Distributors and the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.
Nationally certified school psychologist Ron Davis will explain the difference between teaching discipline and managing it in his keynote address.
Davis is an associate lecturer at the University of Toledo teaching early childhood and special education courses. He will show attendees a fun way to look at behavior and what teachers can do to help children learn more appropriate behaviors through positive techniques.
Professional Development Trainer Ron Mohl will be a special guest during the day and will focus on healthy habits to help prevent obesity in children. His hands-on activities are infused with music to help promote healthy nutrition and physical activity.
Hands-on workshops are planned throughout the day to interest teachers working with all ages, from infants through school-age children.
More than 600 people are expected to attend the popular conference for early childhood educators, administrators, family child care providers and parents. For more information, please visit www.ccswfl.org.
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency provides child care for 700 children from infancy through age 8 at its six child care centers throughout Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, the agency conducts training for child care workers, and administers the federal food program in 13 counties for child care centers and family child care homes.