Friday, September 07, 2012

Childcare Training Series Starts Sept. 20 in Branson

University of Missouri Extension will offer a series of four workshops this fall to address training requirements for childcare and foster care providers.

The workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13 at White River Valley Electric Cooperative, 2449 State Highway 76 East, Branson, Mo.

Dr. Jim Wirth and Renette Wardlow, both human development specialists with MU Extension, will present, “I am Moving, I am Learning,” a curriculum related to preventing childhood obesity.

All the classes will be free thanks to a grant through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Community Food and Nutrition Assistance Program.

Some childcare centers and homes might also be qualified through DHSS to receive free training materials, including music CD’s and DVD’s (a value of over $100). A list of centers/homes that qualify (based on income guidelines of the families being served) will be provided at the first class session.

To receive free training materials, one representative from your center/home MUST attend all four sessions. Additional expectations to receive the free materials will be discussed at the first training session.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance with credit for clock hour training regardless of how many sessions attended. In order to accommodate a large number of centers, it may be necessary to restrict the number of employees attending per center. Seating is limited and the number of free training materials are also limited so pre-registration is very important.

"These workshops are conducted locally to help teachers and child care providers meet the certification requirements to provide quality child care and education," said Nellie Lamers, a family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

To register for the training, contact the Taney County University of Missouri Extension office at (417) 546-4431.


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