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August 15, 2017


Cowley hosts fourth annual C.A.R.E Conference


Cowley College hosted its fourth annual Cowley C.A.R.E. Conference on Saturday, August 5 in the Brown Center at Cowley College. The day consisted of nine presenters, one keynote presentation, lunch, and vendor booths. Forty two area Early Childhood Educators including Licensed Childcare Providers attended the event.

The theme for this year’s conference was “Ready! Set! TEACH!” The busy day started at 7:30 a.m. with 14 vendors, a light breakfast along with registration. The conference started at 8 a.m. with an opening keynote session directed by Mrs. Beth Reeder, she presented “Let’s Get Physical”. As you can imagine, the session was very interactive, with music, dancing, and getting to know one another.

After the keynote presentation, participants broke out into Concurrent Session One with three separate options to choose from; CPR/First Aid with Mr. Joe Schwartz, “What Does Preschool Look Like” with Mrs. Desaree Groene or “Assessing Spanish Resources, Experience from the ELL Professional” with Mrs. Emily Soule.

Concurrent Session Two, included a continuation of CPR/First Aid, and two other breakout sessions; “Children and Behaviors” with Mrs. Beth Reeder or “Kindergarten Readiness-What Does It Look Like and How can I HELP” with Mrs. Deb Herndon and Mrs. Amy Hutto.

After the completion of the two concurrent morning presentations there was a Munch and Mingle, including a grilled chicken wrap dinner prepared by Luke Davidson and Shelly Powell, and 14 different vendor booths to explore.

The afternoon consisted of two additional break out concurrent sessions including; two separate interactive sessions of “Including Science in your Day” with Mrs. Julie Rhoads, “Literacy, Leadership, Mentoring” with Mrs. Regina Miller or “Enhancing Early Fine Motor/Gross Motor Development” with Mrs. Jennie Larson, PT/DPT.

“The day went smooth and the flow was great,” Janet Davidson, Cowley College director of child care and development said. “I really enjoyed watching the professionals network amongst each other. The purpose of this day is to collaborate, network, celebrate and enhance the quality of early childhood education within our community and surrounding areas. I look forward to this event each year. With the professional development hours increasing this year within the field of child care, I look forward to meeting even more educators next year.”

Davidson also thanked the college for the use of the facilities and all the individuals that helped to make the event happen.