2004 Early Childhood Seminar Celebrates Diversity

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 20, 2004 – “Celebrating Diversity: A Circle of Friends” is the title of the 2004 Early Childhood Seminar planned next month by Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Missouri and Success By 6 of Cape Girardeau.

The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi, president and senior consultant of Universal Highways, Inc., who is an experienced educator and trainer. He was born and grew up in Cameroon, lived and studied in Europe and currently lives and works in the United States. He specializes in teaching Americans about world cultures and in promoting a love of cultures and respect for diversity. Ngomsi is the creator of YAN-KOLABA, a diversity, character and teambuilding activity rooted in the cultures of Africa. He will provide cultural awareness sensitivity as it relates to diversity initiatives, increase participants’ knowledge and skills with which to deal more effectively with diversity issues in the early childhood setting, and help create an environment where each individual’s person and contributions are valued. Lunch and break-out sessions will follow the keynote address. Break-out sessions will include topics such as ADHD, abuse and neglect of infants and toddlers, leadership of directors, serving children with diverse needs, nutrition and physical fitness, building a reader, creativity, grant writing, lesson plans and diversity awareness.

Child Care Resource and Referral/Workshop on Wheels is part of the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network. The agency can assist families in finding child care, provide families and child care professionals with services for children with special needs, and provide training and technical assistance opportunities for child care professionals. Child Care Resource and Referral serves 20 counties of southeast Missouri. Success By 6, an early childhood initiative coordinated by the Area Wide United Way, envisions that all children enter school ready to succeed at their optimum potential. Jim Watkins, local Success By 6 coordinator, emphasized “the importance of parental involvement and awareness of the impact that quality early care and education has on children, families and the community.”

A limited number of parent scholarships are available for parents who would like to attend. For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Child Care Resource and Referral at (573) 290-5595 or toll-free at (800) 811-1127, ext. 3