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2013 Western Regional Early Childhood Conference at A-B Tech May 20

April 30, 2013

The Western Regional Early Childhood Conference (WRECC) will bring more than 700 early childhood educators and childcare providers to the A-B Tech Community College Asheville campus Monday, May 20. 

A-B Tech has served as the conference site for more than 20 years, and WRECC sponsors are pleased to bring so many potential students to the campus. The 2013 conference marks the 33rd annual offering of what has become one of the largest professional development conferences for childcare providers and early childhood educators in North Carolina. Conference participants, including infant-toddler teachers, preschool teachers, school-age program staff as well as childcare program administrators, benefit from the wide range of diverse topics featured in over 70 workshops. WRECC is sponsored by Channels for Child Care Advancement and Smart Start of Buncombe County.

This year's featured speaker is Dr. Diane Craft, well-known author and faculty member of State University of NY at Cortland. In addition to teaching courses in elementary and adapted physical education, she has been working for more than a decade to improve the physical activity opportunities for preschool children. She has co-authored several books including: Moving with a Purpose: Developing Programs for Preschoolers of All Abilities and Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budget with Renee McCall and Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children with her husband, Craig Smith.

Dr. Craft will present four workshops, Small Changes for Big Benefits: Leading Physical Activities to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Overcoming Barriers to Leading Fun Physical Activities with Young Children, 10:30 to noon; Using Inexpensive Equipment for Physical Activities with Three to Five Year Olds, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Successfully Engaging One to Two Year Olds in Fun Physical Activities, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Other workshop topics of note include:  Bullying: How to Respond When a Child You Work with and Love is the Bully or Being Bullied;  Darkness to Light: Sexual Child Abuse Prevention, and several workshops on Autism and curriculum development and many other early childhood related topics.

Amy Barry, past President of Channels for Child Care Advancement, Inc. and Program Manager with Smart Start of Buncombe County said that, “The campus provides a great venue for the conference. The level of expertise and support provided by A-B Tech personnel is always greatly appreciated."

Beth Westmoreland, Director of A-B Tech Early Childhood Education Center, serves on the Conference Steering Committee. 

A-B Tech Early Childhood Education students and faculty and any students or staff interested in early childhood issues are encouraged to register for the conference. The conference program with registration form is posted at www.smartstart-buncombe.org. For more information about the conference, contact Ila Teague at Channels for Child Care Advancement, (828) 649-9730 or email  Teague.ila72@gmail.com

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