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2001 Early Childhood Institutes Slated

When you work with young children every day, it's a challenge to find new, exciting ways to stimulate their minds. But the Early Childhood Institutes for 2001 are being planned to help people meet that challenge.

For more than a decade, these institutes have provided child-caregivers the latest in ideas and training. This year, the programs range from nutrition to the art of storytelling. They include classes on stress management that will help "make your job a joy."

The institutes are designed for child-care providers who work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. The day of workshops and hands-on training will be in three Georgia cities: Macon Aug. 18, Atlanta Aug. 25 and Tifton Sept. 8.

"Caregivers need opportunities to network and share stories and ideas with other child-care professionals," said Diane Bales, a University of Georgia human development specialist who coordinates the program.

Child-care professionals will get 5 hours of DHR-approved training. CEUs will also be available.

Classes for Everyone

The classes and programs offer choices of workshops from infants to school-age and from administrators to new providers. Highlights include a panel discussion on including children with special needs and 2-hour workshops for more in-depth training. Exhibits will be available for browsing during lunch and breaks.

For more information or a registration brochure, call (706) 542-7566. Or visit the Web site: 0013 www.fcs.uga.edu/eci 0318 .

The fee is $35 if completed by July 27 for Macon, August 3 for Atlanta and August 17 for Tifton. If there is still space, on-site fees will be $55 -- first-come, first-served. Classes will be also be assigned first-come, first-served, so caregivers are encouraged to sign up early.

(Amanda Bridges is a human development intern with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)

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