A total of 62 area childcare providers and educators took part in the Cowley CARE Conference on Aug. 13 at Cowley College’s Webb-Brown Academic Center.

The event featured a keynote speaker and breakout sessions. For the first time, a morning option of CPR and first aid certification was offered.

Janet Davidson, Cowley College director of early childhood education, praised the work done by conference instructor Aaron Sutton.

Chris Cannon, Cowley College Allied Health Department chair and director of EMS education, said the conference served as a unique opportunity for childcare providers in the area to learn from experts in the field.

Karen Knowles, childcare licensing surveyor, said she was impressed with the professionalism of the conference.

“Janet (Davidson) reaches throughout the state to find quality presenters each year and the sessions presented meet current challenging needs within the field,” Knowles said.

“I enjoyed seeing childcare providers from all five counties that I survey. Attending this conference, these providers have a chance to meet and share their daily experiences.”

The morning breakout sessions included:

  • Story Time Fun, with JoAnn Brazil, children’s librarian at the Winfield Public Library;
  • The Importance of Birth Through Age 3, with Raline Crampton, speech language pathologist, and Erika Kendall, ECSE educator.
  • Conscious Discipline, with keynote presenter Beth Reeder;
  • Incorporating Math into Your Day, with Brooke Istas, faculty member at Cowley College and mathematics expert;
  • Doc Talk: What to Look for When Working with Children, with Sandy Morey.

The day also included nine vendors and many smiles.

“Janet Davidson has done an outstanding job of building a conference that services area professionals with training and information that helps them be even more effective at what they do,” said Harold Arnett, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs.

“This also provides Cowley College with another opportunity to offer its facilities and personnel to provide service to the community.”

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.