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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Once again, the early childhood education program at Northeastern Junior College will host an annual conference—a day-long event designed for child care providers and early childhood educators. This year’s conference, entitled “Rekindle Your Inner Spirit in 2010” will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Hays Student Center on the college’s campus.

The conference begins at 8:45 a.m. and runs through 5:15 p.m. It includes a luncheon with a keynote address by Chris Watney, representing the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Among items on the agenda is a session on what is involved if one is interested in running their own child care business, presented by Marcia Walter from the Dragon’s Wagon Preschool in Holyoke.

Other topics to be covered during the morning portion of the conference include how to become nurturing parents, an “invest in kids” discussion, and creative ideas for home and classroom. Some of these same discussions will be repeated in the afternoon, giving participants an opportunity to get information on several topics throughout the day.

In addition, afternoon sessions will cover child abuse and relaxation strategies for both parents and childcare providers. The Early Childhood Council Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick (ECCLPS) will present a “There’s No Place Like Home” session. ECCLPS is one of 31 Early Childhood Councils in the state of Colorado.

The ECCLPS is composed of community leaders from early care and education, health, mental health and family support programs, working together toward comprehensive, systemic goals to meet the needs of providers, parents and children.

The conference is designed for parents, grandparents, home providers, preschool teachers, center providers, primary grade teachers and anyone else who works with children. A half-credit is available for the day-long conference for those who need academic credentials.

Registration begins Jan. 4. Call the college’s Extended Studies Department at 521-6900. Registration closes on Jan. 15. Specific questions about the content of the conference should be directed to Donna Brady-Lawler, director of NJC’s early childhood programs. She may be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .