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Peru State College to Host Early Childhood Conference Saturday, April 17


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC), in partnership with the Southeast Early Childhood Professional Development Partnership and Region 4 Planning Team, will host an Early Childhood Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in the Student Center.

Four in-service hours can be earned at the conference, which is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

Sponsored by the Region 4 Early Childhood Planning Team

Following is an agenda.

Saturday, April 17

8:15-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast                                                                                             

8:30-10 a.m.

Keynote Session: “I Am Bein’have! Guidance and Discipline with a Sense of Humor…” – Presented by Carrie Gottschalk, M.S., PLMHP
Managing children’s behaviors often takes a great deal of time and energy and leaves us wondering why we subject ourselves to the tirades of toddlers who seem intent on bringing us down to their level (literally and figuratively). This session will help participants refocus on the meaning of challenging behavior, what we can and should do about it, and how to laugh about much of it.

10:15-11:15 a. m.

“What’s Going On Up There?  Understanding Young Children’s Moral and
Cognitive Development” – Presented by Carrie Gottschalk, M.S., PLMHP

This session will give an overview of how a child’s moral and cognitive capacities grow and change. The information will then be used to set practical expectations regarding attention span, delayed gratification, peer relations, self control and emotional self regulation.


“Body Image and Food Attitudes” – Presented by Darlene Bantam, DTR, Family Service                             

Can our attitude about our body and the foods we eat affect our
children?  Learn how to help prevent the vicious cycle of negative body images and disordered eating.

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

“Learning About Print in Preschool” – Presented by Mary Beth
Pistillo, Early Childhood Training Center

Concepts of print, phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge are key predictors to early literacy success and school readiness. Learn how to incorporate these elements into your program through a variety of fun activities.

"For Crying Out Loud ‘What’s Wrong with the Baby?’” – Presented by Denise Stromberg, LPN, Bryan LGH

This session will focus on the care of infants, including recognizing the signs and symptoms of illness as well as ways to soothe and console infants.

To participate, contact Katrina at 402-274-4354 or