Georgia Southern University

Annual Southern Conference on Children set for Jan. 27

An annual conference for parents and professionals who work with children will return to Georgia Southern University on Saturday, Jan. 27.

This will mark the 20th consecutive year that the University has hosted the Southern Conference on Children on the last Saturday in January.

Registrations are still pouring in from hundreds of child-care providers, teachers, paraprofessionals, center directors and parents who will fill the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building to over-flowing for the day-long event. Conference attendance usually surpasses 500, and sometimes goes much higher.

New participants are always welcome, according to a representative of the conference’s sponsor, the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Family and Consumer Sciences at Georgia Southern.

‘This conference teaches and applauds the hard-working people who love, nurture and educate our children throughout the year,” said Professor Jerri Kropp, the conference committee chair. ‘We design the sessions to address real concerns and issues that they face in schools, child-care centers, family day-care, after-school programs or the family home.”

Participants will each choose two morning and two afternoon workshops from among such topics as teaching cultural diversity, running art and science projects, improving playground safety, developing reading programs, designing a healthy food service plan, and writing grant proposals.

Inspiration, communication, creativity and fun will be the focus of presentations by the keynote speakers: singer/performer Shawn Brown (creator of the kid-friendly ‘Super Fun Show”), children’s book author Diane Z. Shore, and Georgia Southern professor Jack Beasley, who teaches in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Materials and lunch are included in the registration fee, which is $50 if paid before Jan. 26 and $55 at the door. Sign up by calling (912) 681-5551.

For more information, visit or contact Jan Reynolds at (912) 871-1755.

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