Friday’s sessions, which include lunch from Subway, will be held at Jacob’s Ladder in Cookeville, and Saturday’s sessions will be held at Tennessee Tech University’s Roaden University Center.
The cost of Friday’s sessions is $15 for students and members of the Upper Cumberland Association for the Education of Young Children and $20 for non-members.
The cost of Saturday’s sessions, which include the keynote address by Bill Corbett of Redirecting Children’s Behaviors of Nashville, is $10 for students and UCAEYC members and $15 for non-members.
“This conference is important because it helps child care providers network with each other and increase their level of professionalism,” said Martha Howard, orientation specialist for the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance at TTU.
“Child care providers sometimes aren’t considered professionals by themselves or by the public, but their knowledge is instrumental to a child’s development, especially since so much of that development happens before a child is three years old,” she said.
Corbett’s keynote address, “Rebuilding the Discipline Toolbox,” is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, and focuses on effective, age-appropriate methods for correcting children’s behavior.
He will also present two different break-out sessions — “Fourteen Reasons Children Act Out and Misbehave,” and “No I Won’t, and You Can’t Make Me,” which reveals the motives behind children’s power struggles and techniques for handling them successfully and avoiding them in the future.
Other conference break-out sessions and workshops include:
• “Learning, Reasoning and Understanding: Focusing on the Brain,” presented by Howard and TECTA Coordinator Debbie Roddy to teach early childhood educators how to stimulate brain growth.
• “Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail,” presented by Jacob’s Ladder Director Monica Mowdy, who will demonstrate how to assess daily plans to determine if they are fun, challenging and age-appropriate.
• And “Multi-Age Art,” presented by TTU Child Development Lab teachers Shawn Patterson and Sally Pendergrass, who will explore a variety of artistic concepts and show how to integrate ideas through all ages.
A special presentation by children’s musician Marty Gibson of Crossville is also set for Saturday.
The conference is sponsored by TECTA, UCAEYC and Upper Cumberland Child Care Resource and Referral.