Child care providers conference is April 17

Child care providers conference is April 17 The Dakotaland Child Care Providers Conference will be held at Roncalli Center on the Mount Marty College campus in Yankton on Saturday, April 17.

The conference is open to childcare providers, parents, teachers and any other interested individuals.

Dakotaland Child Care Conference is a one-day conference designed for individuals to share experiences, receive educational training, gain new knowledge and network with other childcare professionals.

All of the sessions are approved for one hour of in-service licensing requirements in South Dakota. Registration the day of the conference will begin at 8 a.m. The keynote address will begin at 8:30 a.m. The conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

The morning of the conference will include breakout sessions and Susan Brown, UNL Extension educator, presenting the keynote address "Importance of Laughter." Exhibit booths will be available for viewing and exhibitors will be present to answer questions regarding exhibits. The afternoon will be a continuation of breakout sessions on various topics.

Topics and presenters for the breakout sessions include: Open Forum Legal Clinic � Matthew Michels, attorney; Serving Food Safely � Sharon Guthmiller and Lavonne Meyer, Extension educators; Developmentally Appropriate Youth Activities for Out-of-School Time Program � Maggie Baker, Extension educator; Guidelines to Reporting Child Abuse � Theresa Wiesler-Kubal, Family Services; Communicable Diseases During Childhood � Jill Munger, Clay County Community Health Nurse; Trash to Treasure � Andi L. Prior, child care professional; Why Doesn't Sam Have a Daddy? � Coleen Globke, FCS high school occupational child care teacher; Building Bridges with Parents � Kristy McCann, family life educator; Calling All Cooks � Angela Long, Kolor Me Kids; Music and Movement � Sue Zalot and Angela Long, Kolor Me Kids; Mother Goose � Literacy � Pam Kringle, Dorothy Liegl, Betsy Pollock and Penny Lingle, S.D. State Library, S.D. Dept. of Education and S.D. Dept. of Social Services; Special Needs Children: Hyperactivity � Ann Michelle Daniels, SDSU family life specialist; Managing Challenging Behaviors � Kristy McCann, family life educator and West nile Precautions � Mark Rowen, Extension educator.

Registration fee for the conference is $25 by April 1. Registration fee will be $30 if postmarked after April 1. Conference information and registration forms are available from the Clay County Extension Office, phone 605-677-7111.

This conference is sponsored by the South 2 Field Education Unit and SDSU Cooperative Extension Service.

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