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August 5, 2014


Cowley hosts conference for area child care providers     


CARECowley College enjoyed hosting its first ever Cowley C.A.R.E. Conference for Area Child Care Providers on Saturday, August 2. The day consisted of 10 professional presenters from all over the state of Kansas, four concurrent sessions, lunch, vendors, door prizes and lots of smiling Child Care Providers.

“I truly enjoyed the C.A.R.E. conference on Saturday,” Annette Sutherland, Licensed Child Care Provider and vendor at Saturday’s event said. “There was a lot of valuable information and it was a wonderful opportunity for networking. Janet Davidson (Director of Child Care and Development at Cowley College) did a terrific job putting this all together. I will most definitely attend next year.”

The event started with registration from 7:30-8 a.m., where they served a light snack, tea and coffee, and then went right into a concurrent session from 8-9:50 a.m. offering the options of “Incorporating Science into Your Day” by, Julie Rhoads of Wichita, or “Nutrition and Health” by, Dr. Doug Swanson of Winfield.

During concurrent session two, from 10-11:50 a.m., the participants were offered the options of: “Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood” by Heather Barnett of Wichita, and “Car Seat Safety” by Cyndii Callaway and Karen Knowles from the City/Cowley County Health Department.

During lunch, the participants had time to eat and the option of browsing the nine different vendor booths available, along with announcing door prize winners.

Concurrent session three, started at 12:45 p.m. and ended at 1:45 with the options of attended either a session on, “Sensory Processing Disorder; (part 1) What is it? How does it work?” by Kris Dickinson, of Wichita, or “Inclusive Child Care Settings” by Tami Schwindt-Allen of Garden City.

The day ended with Concurrent session four, which included the option of: “Sensory Processing Disorder: (part 2) Sensory Strategies in the Classroom” by Kris Dickinson or a repeat of the morning session “Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood” by Heather Barnett.

“I enjoyed the connections made through the planning of this conference and day of.” Janet Davidson said.
“I attended the Growing with Children Conference sponsored my Child Start of Wichita, as a vendor advertising for our Child Care and Development Certificate and Associate’s degree here at Cowley. At this conference, I thought to myself, we have the perfect location and support to host our own conference comparable to this.”

Cheryl Firsching, Director of Child Start of Wichita, and member of the Cowley College, Child Care and Development Advisory Board, was extremely supportive, and even offered a helping hand on the day of the event.

“Working with Janet has been such a pleasure,” Firsching said. “Cowley staff and the area child care providers are always so warm and welcoming. The C.A.R.E. Conference was a success because of their efforts.”

At the conclusion of the successful event, Davidson has already begun planning for next year’s Cowley C.A.R.E. Conference.

“I am extremely grateful for the college staff, CHC Advisory Board members and those willing to help and attend this event,” Davidson said.