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August 15, 2016


Cowley hosts another successful C.A.R.E. Conference


CARE ConferenceA total of 62 area child care providers and educators took part in the Cowley C.A.R.E. Conference Saturday in Arkansas City. The event was held inside Cowley College’s Webb-Brown Academic Center.

Karen Knowles, Child Care Licensing Surveyor, was impressed with the professionalism of the Conference.

“Janet (Davidson) reaches throughout the state to find quality presenters each year, and the sessions presented meet current challenging needs within the field,” Knowles said. “I enjoyed seeing child care providers from all five counties that I survey. Attending this conference these providers have a chance to meet and share their daily experiences.”

The event featured a keynote speaker and breakout sessions. For the first time a morning option of CPR/first aid certification was offered. Janet Davidson, Cowley College Director of Early Childhood Education, praised the work done by Aaron Sutton.

Cowley College Allied Health Department Chair/Director of EMS Education Chris Cannon said the conference served as a unique opportunity for child care providers in the area to learn from experts in the field.

The morning breakout sessions included: Session one: Story time Fun with JoAnn Brazil, Children’s Librarian at the Winfield Public Library, or The Importance of Birth through Age Three with Raline Crampton, Speech Language Pathologist, Erika Kendall, ECSE Educator. Session two: Conscious Discipline, with keynote presenter, Beth Reeder, or Incorporating Math into Your Day, Brooke Istas, Faculty at Cowley College and Math Expert.

Session three: Doc Talk: What to look for when working with Children, with Sandy Morey, or a second session of Incorporating Math into your day. The day also included nine vendors and many smiles.

“Janet Davidson has done an outstanding job of building a conference that services area professionals with training and information that helps them be even more effective at what they do,” Cowley College vice president of academic affairs Dr. Harold Arnett said. “This also provides Cowley College with another opportunity to offer its facilities and personnel to provide service to the community.”