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Originally published: 2013-09-16 11:21:44
Last modified: 2013-09-16 11:22:28

Children's Council of Watauga County to sponsor childhood conference Oct. 5

by Sherrie Norris

The Children's Council of Watauga County is hosting the fourth annual Quest for Quality Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Reich College of Education on the Appalachian State University campus. 

The daylong event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be divided into four sessions for parents, caregivers and teachers and led by some of the region's foremost child care professionals and advocates.

The conference lineup includes various topics, such as helping program administrators and directors improve time management and organizational skills, parenting with love and logic, identifying the red flags of autism, promoting permanent behavior changes in both teachers and children, fostering emotional literacy, raising children who have physical and mental challenges, building blocks of development, positive discipline for the classroom, supporting positive school-age behavior, creating a culture of family engagement and more.

Presenters will include Andrea Anderson, Nannette Ausby, Sonia Brooks, Paula Cline, Linda Curtis, Peggy Eller, Miki Gordon, Rhonda Hamby, Barbara Holdcroft, Lorrie Looper, Christelle Marsh, Nicole McCaskill, Pam McDonald, Kim Mitcham, Julie Neal, Lisa Maynard Pullis, Tiffani Sims, Heather Tweedie, Sabrina White, Deborah Williamson, Marie Wilkie and Roberta Yates.

A highlight of the conference will be a guided tour of the new Lucy Brock Child Development Lab Program operated by the ASU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, which serves as a model and professional preparation site for individuals working with young children. 

Early bird registration has ended, but those wishing to participate in the conference may do so by signing up no later than Sept. 20. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5, with the first session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Morning and afternoon snacks will be available. Boxed lunches will be available for $10. Child care will not be available. 

For more information, visit; The Children's Council, located at 225 Birch St., Suite No. 3, Boone; or call Lee at (828) 262-5424, ext. 206, or Michelle at (828) 265-5391, ext. 227.