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Childcare conference to unite providers, teachers, experts
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STATESBORO — Early registration has already started for Georgia Southern University’s 23rd annual Southern Conference on Children on Jan. 30.

At each year’s conference, 500 to 700 childcare staff and directors, teachers, and parents of very young children spend the day at the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building, learning key information about early childhood development and education. All five session-attendance hours are recognized for updating staff training requirements by Bright from the Start: Georgia department of Early Care and Learning Child Care Services.

Ranging from infant and toddler nutrition to science-focused projects for youngsters, sessions will be taught by specialists in early childhood education, family and child studies, and other professions.

Past participants at the annual conference came from pre-schools, schools (pre-k and kindergarten teachers) and family child-care businesses throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and beyond.

Early registration is encouraged, so participants can schedule their preferred topics among the multiple sessions available in the morning and afternoon. All conference-goers attend the two keynote presentations: “Let Them Sing! How to Actively Involve Children Through Song and Movement” and “Finding Your Dream When Everyone Thinks It’s Impossible.”

Sessions designed for center directors include planning ahead for success, the details of NAEYC accreditation, and a $30 pre-conference workshop on the do’s and don’ts of employee discipline and documentation.

The conference is sponsored by the University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Health and Human Sciences, and the Continuing Education Center.

The early-registration fee of $50 includes all sessions and materials, a Continental breakfast and luncheon, and the option to attend the pre-conference film “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood” on Jan. 29.

To register, call the University's Continuing Education Center at (912) 478-5551 or visit:

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers 115 degree programs serving over 18,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.