Professionals, parents invited to child care conference

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GOLDSBORO — This year’s Wayne County Child Care Conference will offer the opportunity for child care providers, teachers, and the public to gain deeper insight into their field and learn new techniques for their craft.

The event, which is sponsored by the Partnership for Children of Wayne County - Child Care Resource and Referral and Wayne Community College, will be held 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 in the Wayne Learning Center on the college’s main campus in Goldsboro.

Verna Patryce Best, the social and economic vitality program manager for Wake County Human Services, will provide the keynote address. Her talk, “Take This Job and S.H.O.V.E. IT!” will reaffirm the work done by child care providers who have become discouraged with “the way society views their work.” She promises to “reshape thinking, inspire, encourage and challenge, while having loads of fun in the process.”

Best, a Goldsboro resident, is a certified National Peer-to-Peer Results Oriented Management and Accountability trainer. She also serves as special assistant for music development in the worship arts department of Wake Chapel Church and is a member of the Epsilon Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Twenty morning and 10 afternoon sessions are scheduled on topics such as social emotional development, autism, “survival” Spanish, storytelling, infectious disease prevention, teaching minority boys, bullying, positive behavior, classroom environment, music and movement activities, early learning development, creative arts infusion, physical activities, problem-solving, planning strategies, recruiting and engaging men and more.

In addition to teachers from local centers, schools, and colleges and personnel from education-related agencies, attendees can learn from experts from other fields, such as a Zumba instructor, a cooperative extension agent, a sheriff’s deputy, a librarian and a sign language interpreter.

The workshops are designated for teachers of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, combinations of age groups or “all.”

In addition to three sessions of workshops (8:15-9:45 a.m., 10-11:30 a.m., and noon-1:30 p.m.), and the keynote address (1:45-3 p.m.), vendors will display education-related products throughout the day. Lunch is also provided on site.

Each workshop attended is worth 1.5 hours of N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education-approved credit for a total of six training hours awarded at the end of the day if all are attended.

A complete schedule is available at www.pfcw.org or by calling 919-735-3371, ext. 227 or ext. 231. Advance registration is due by 5 p.m. on March 8 and costs $30. The on-site registration fee is $35.