Nurturing Youth Conference 2013
November 1-2, 2013 at Western State Colorado University.
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"Play is the highest form of research" Albert Einstein
The Gunnison Hinsdale Early Childhood Council will focus this year’s Nurturing Youth Conference on the importance of play. The conference provides continuing education training hours to Early Childhood Educators, caregivers and informative sessions to anyone who is interested. Local and statewide professionals will present on Friday evening and Saturday; November 1 & 2, 2013 at the WSCU Center. Through grant funds we keep the cost affordable; $40 for both days, $15 student, just Friday $20, just Saturday $30.
Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative. It provides time for parents to be fully engaged with their children, to bond with their children, and to see the world from the perspective of their child.
The Gunnison Hinsdale Early Childhood council strives to improve and expand quality early childhood services and education in an effort to help our children succeed in life. The Council builds collaborative efforts and support in our four domain areas of Early Learning, Social Emotional and Mental Health, Family Support & Parent Education and Health. The goal of our Early Learning domain is to increase local resources and training opportunities for providing quality early education. Our educational opportunities for early childhood professionals are intended to increase quality in the workforce. We meet this goal by annually accessing the needs of local educators and seeking the training they need or are interested in.
This year topics covered will included; Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Each Day, Early Childhood Brain Science, Culturally Responses Practices in Early Childhood, Teaching Early Literacy Skills Through Play, Nurturing through Play, Common Psychosocial Stressors for kids and their effects, universal precautions and much more.
Our partner Western State College University Extended Studies provides registration online beginning October 1 through their website at western.edu/extendedstudies, or for more information contact Coordinator Margaret Wacker firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-641-7913.