“Every day, in 100 small ways, our children ask, ‘Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter?’ Their behavior often reflects our response.”

~ L.R. Knost

Join The Childcare Network for our Annual Early Childhood Conference! This is our fundraiser for the year, so we hope you can come.

When:  March 23, 2024   8:00am – 12:00pm (doors open at 7:30)

Where: Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Campus at the Workforce Development Center (10000 Germanna Point Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

Who: All Early Childhood Providers (teachers, administrators, and family childcare providers)

What: Registration includes: training materials, morning refreshments, and a certificate for 4 training hours.

Cost: $40 per person, (Registrations received after March 18th: $75 per person).

How: Register and pay online at: www.thechildcarenetwork.org, or print the registration form and send through the mail with a check made out to The Childcare Network, or drop off at our office, 2117 Lafayette Blvd. Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Questions:  540-940-6286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                         

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7:30 – Doors open for check-in, networking, and morning refreshments

8:30 – 9:00 – Welcome and Morning Meeting

9:00 – 9:30 – Child-Driven Centers

9:30 – 10:00 – Process Art

10:00 – 11:00 – Hands-on Center Rotation

                             Loose Parts Ideas

                             Process Art Ideas

                             Cooking in the Classroom Ideas

                             Literacy and Literature Ideas

11:00 – 11:15 – Snack Time!

11:15 – 11:45 – Circle Time and Large Group Activities

11:45 – 12:00 – Questions, Answers, and Wrap-Up        



Our early childhood programs should be fun, play-based environments that are full of laughter, singing, and talking. Jerome Singer said, “The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development.” The focus of this conference is on ideas to encourage and engage the children that we work with daily.

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Extra Training Hour

Show us what you learned today by applying your knowledge when you get back to work. A certificate for an additional 1 – 4 hours of training will be sent to you after completion of 1 – 4 hours of follow-up activity based on the training workshops that you attend. You will need to submit the completed “Additional Training Hour Form” found on our website and a nominal $5 fee for each hour. These training hours are submitted after the conference, when you have had a chance to apply the new knowledge in your program.

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