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Childcare conference unites providers, teachers and experts

Georgia Southern University will host the 31st Annual Southern Conference on Children from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Nessmith-Lane Center at 847 Plant Drive in Statesboro.

This year’s conference theme is “Nurturing Healthy Children,” and childcare staff and directors, teachers and parents of young children will spend the day learning key information about early childhood development and education.

The one-day conference will provide participants with valuable information and continuing education training hours on current child care trends and other related topics presented by local and regional leaders in childhood development, early childhood education and special education. Sessions will highlight various topics, from infant and toddler nutrition to science-focused projects for youngsters. There will also be special sessions with Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Georgia program trainers, in addition to a director’s track specifically designed for owners, directors and administrators.  

Past participants at the annual conference have included preschool, Pre-K and kindergarten teachers, as well as family child care business owners from across the southeastern region.

The 31st Annual Southern Conference on Children is sponsored by Georgia Southern University’s Waters College of Health Professions, School of Human Ecology and the Division of Continuing Education. To register, call the University’s Continuing Education Center at (912) 478-5555 or visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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