18th Annual Circles of Care Conference
Early childhood educators and others who want to learn more about early childhood education have until February 15 to pre-register at reduced prices for the 18th Annual Circles of Care Early Childhood Conference set for Saturday, March 2, at the Fort Myers campus of Edison State College. The 18th Annual Circles of Care Conference is presented by Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., in partnership with Edison State College. Pre-registration is $40 and increases to $55 after February 15 and at the door. Participants may register in person or by mail by sending payment and a completed registration to Child Care of Southwest Florida at 6831 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Online registration is available at www.ccswfl.org for an additional $3 service fee. Circles of Care will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers up to 4.5 hours of annual in-service credit for attendees. Sponsors for the event are Edison State College, The New-Press Media Group, Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee County Association for the Education of Young Children and the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. National motivational speaker Cindy Krosky will show how subliminal messages can help educators get their lessons across to students in her keynote address. Krosky is president of Achieving Corporate Excellence in Vero Beach and presents customized programs in team building, communications, conflict resolution and many others with specialties in workplace violence and weapons of mass destruction. She is a member of the Florida Crisis Consortium and St. Lucie County Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Krosky also is the author of numerous books including Conversations on Success, Getting the Lead on Leadership and Motivational Moments for Leaders. Her varied career also includes being an Adventure Based Facilitator and a Licensed Clinical Social worker with a focus in group dynamics. Glen Beitmen, the Wild Wizard of the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, will be a special guest speaker and will show how to connect movements with science to create lasting memories for children. Beitman has entertained and educated children with his hands-on science shows and enthusiastic performances at the estates for more than 15 years. Hands-on workshops are planned throughout the day to interest teachers working with all ages, from infants through school-age children. More than 600 people are expected to attend the popular conference for early childhood educators, administrators, family child care providers and parents. For more information, please visit www.ccswfl.org. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency provides child care for children from infancy through age eight at its six child care centers in Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, it offers training for early childhood professionals, and administers the federal food program for eligible centers and family child care homes in 14 Florida counties. The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference to low-income children. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is a United Way agency.
Edison State College
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919