Shelby to speak at Feb. 25 child care conference

Annual event will be at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

The 10th Annual Child Care Conference, “Natural Beginnings,” sponsored by Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc., will be held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chisago City on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Is Nature Deficit Disorder Real? Don Shelby, former WCCO anchor and award-winning reporter, will speak about the evidence that children today are not as close to nature as their parents, and the children are suffering because of it.

This year’s event focuses on the myriad benefits of children and youth spending more time outdoors and the many easy ways there are to encourage them to be outdoors so they are successful academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. The conference is open to teachers and child care professionals serving children ages birth through sixth grade, parents, grandparents, advocates, volunteers, and youth leaders.  Group rates are available.

Registration is required; early bird rates expire Feb. 11.

Choose from 30 presentations by regional and national experts such as Dr. Kathleen Klumb, Jodi Budde, Dawn Lees, Mary Johansen, Kim Woehl, Shannon Defense, Sandy Masterson, Amy Blaubach, Jan Welsh, Marian Hassan, Pam Beecham, Jeff Gutzmer, Dr. Marla Martin, Joe Kelly, Jesus Ramirez, Chandra Kreyer, Stacie Forbes and Bao Vang.

Topic selections include healthy father engagement, art ideas, grief and loss, music, emergency preparedness, child development, business planning, literacy, math, and science activities, environmental education, car passenger restraint systems, CPR, and first aid. One session is in Spanish; two others offer an opportunity to speak with representatives of the Somali, Hispanic and Hmong cultures.

Register for Project WILD session facilitated by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources educators to obtain curriculum that will get your children outdoors and will enable you to use the outdoors to teach your core subjects.

Advance registration for only Don Shelby’s keynote presentation or only the car seat education session is available online or by phone.

Food service contributors to date include Chisago County businesses – Brink’s Market and the Wagon Wheel Cafe and Pizza – as well as Stone Enterprises of Blaine. This event is also supported by the Child Care Providers of Chisago County.

A hot buffet lunch is also included in the registration fee. In-service certificates are provided. Exhibitors will be on-site and J.N. Johnson Sales and Service will service fire extinguishers from 7-10 a.m. Child care is not available.

Call 651-464-8777 or e-mail info@pla-inc.org for information and to register. Forms can be downloaded online. Donations for Military Families at Home and Deployed Military Service Members are encouraged.

About PLA

Professional Learning Alternatives, Inc. is a nonprofit training and advocacy resource for educators, parents, caregivers, and those interested in supporting the development and education of young children.

PLA offer customized, low-cost ways to obtain high quality, practical information, and expert training and resources to empower child care professionals and the families they serve.

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