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Child care conference offered in Alexandria

The annual child care conference, "Caring for Kids and Those Who Care," will take place Saturday, September 18 at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC).

The keynote session will feature Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, the well-known Minnesota author and internationally recognized lecturer and parent educator, as well as director of

Her keynote, "Changing Behaviors - Changing Lives: You Make a Difference," will give participants more insight about the close connection with a caring adult that has been found to be the best antidote for preventing youth problems.

How does one build relationships with the child whose behavior challenges you the most? How do you take the "fight" out of the typical daily hassles? How do you manage the intensity of one child, when you are responsible for several?

Kurcinka's real-life examples and links to research based information will help in providing practical solutions to everyday problems.

Two breakout times will include sessions around such topic areas such as: facing the challenge (working with parents); games galore (fun ways to reinforce learning concepts in math and literacy); music and movement; and making the connection to build (connecting the resources available).

A certificate for six clock hours is available or .6 CEUs. Vendors will be available. A breakfast, lunch and vendors will also be part of the agenda.

For brochures or further information contact the ATCC's Customized Training Department at (320) 762-4510 or 1-888-234-1313.

Registration deadline is September 10 (without a late fee).

This conference is a co-sponsored event with the college, Child Care Resource and Referral, and Lakes Region Association for the Education of Young Children.