Students to host workshops at early educator's conference

3/1/2007 8:00:00 AM

The student chapter of Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) will be hosting a workshop at the Nevada Early Childhood Conference March 2 and 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort. Approximately 800 early-educators will attend this year's conference entitled, "Worthy Wages for Early Care and Education: A Winning Bet for Nevada's Children!"

"The University's student chapter is doing a tour of the accredited childcare centers in northern Nevada," said Erin Baerwaldt, president of the University's NevAEYC chapter.  

The chapter will be touring four centers including:

  • Heart to Hand
  • The University's Child and Family Research Center
  • TMCC's Childcare Center
  • St. Mary's Childcare Center.

"We are doing this so people can see the standards and philosophies of these accredited centers," Baerwaldt said. "To be accredited, you have to meet high standards. It means you have a really great center."

Baerwaldt and another student, Emily Marshall will present a second workshop at the conference entitled, "Effective Documentation."

"Documentation is a tool to prove that learning takes place in your classroom," Baerwaldt said. "In this workshop, we will present different tools for documenting."

One documentation tool is a daily journal that shows the learning progress of students, Baerwaldt said.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) was established in 1926 and primarily focuses on improving the education up children up to age eight. With over 100,000 members, NAEYC is the largest organization working on behalf of young children.

The Nevada Chapter has over 800 members and two affiliate groups. It sends its message through quarterly newsletters, special events, professional development workshops and its annual conference.

Baerwaldt is a Early Childhood Education  student within the College of Health and Human Sciences. Through education, research, and community outreach, the College of Health and Human Sciences is dedicated to the development of tomorrow's leaders who will help build a healthy Nevada through the prevention and resolution of the issues that challenge people's everyday lives.


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