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College to Host Conference on Young Children’s Education

Pennsylvania College of Technology will host the 12th annual conference of the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children on Saturday, March 31.

The conference is scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the college’s Klump Academic Center and features exhibits and a choice of 35 workshops.

Keynote speaker for the event is Ronald McGuckin, who has gained a national reputation as “The Child-Care Lawyer.” Each year, he trains thousands of child-care professionals on a variety of issues. He is the founding board president of a countywide Head Start program and is the co-author of three resources for child-care administrators.

Several Penn College employees will present workshops during the event.

Joyce B. Shrimp, assistant group leader at Penn College’s Children’s Learning Center, will co-present “Transitioning to Kindergarten,” providing information and activities that will facilitate the transition for children and families.

Linda L. Crayton, associate professor of nursing, will present “Simple and Complex Diseases in Children,” discussing ear infections and asthma, two of the most common health problems encountered in programs for young children.

Kathryn P. Jerald, group leader at the Children’s Learning Center, will present “Toilet Training in a Group Setting,” offering information for communication with parents and consistency among caregivers.

Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education, will present “Literacy in the Classroom and in the Home,” offering ideas for integrating beginning reading and writing into daily routines with young children. Several Penn College students in the early childhood education major will assist Coffman with this workshop.

Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor of early childhood education, and Karen Woland Payne, director of the Children’s Learning Center, will present “The Personal Action Plan: Trim Your To-Do List and Accomplish What Really Matters.” They will help participants develop a personal action plan with specific action steps.

Gail B. Landers, group leader at the Children’s Learning Center, will present “Come Play With Me Among the Trees,” offering ideas for hands-on outdoor experience for children and their families.

Credit for state Department of Public Welfare training hours are available for attendees. Act 48 credits and Continuing Education Units from Penn College are also available to those who request them (by paying an optional additional fee of $20) and attend the entire day.

Registration deadline is March 16. Attendees may register online by searching its professional development calendar for March 31 events in Lycoming County. To obtain a mail-in registration form, contact Annette Kratzer at the Union County Penn State Cooperative Extension Office, (570) 966-8194, or Carolyn Hawk at the Williamsport YMCA, (570) 322-5077.

Penn College offers an associate degree in early childhood education. The college also offers child care and preschool services to the dependents of Penn College students and employees in its Children’s Learning Center.

For more information about the early childhood education major and other academic programs offered by the School of Integrated Studies at Penn College, call (570) 327-4521, send e-mail or visit on the Web .

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