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Early Childhood Collaboration: Cowley CARE Conference

Posted Date: 12/01/2021

Early Childhood Collaboration: Cowley CARE Conference

The Cowley College Early Childhood Education Department and Child Start’s Early Childhood Connections Program recently teamed up to host the Cowley CARE Conference for area childcare providers. The conference was designed to deliver continuous learning and professional development to childcare providers on the following topics: school readiness and early literacy, parent partnerships, developmentally appropriate play, creative outdoor play, and mental health. Childcare providers could earn 4.5 hours of professional development credit towards their annual licensing requirement, and a total of 21 area childcare providers participated.   

USD 470 entities involved in the effort included Head Start as session presenter, and the Early Literacy Initiative, funded by the Kansas Health Foundation, who provided free resources and content design. Other presenting partners included: Parents as First Teachers, Cowley County Extension Office, and Wichita State Child Development Center. 

“The day went smoothly and the flow was great. 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” said Janet Davidson, Director of Child Care and Development. 

“I look forward to this event each year. With the increase of the required professional development hours within the field of child care, I look forward to meeting even more educators next year,” Davidson said. 

It is hoped that similar conference opportunities will be offered annually and that area collaboration will continue to be strengthened.

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