City conference on child care is Saturday


MORE THAN 400 city child-care providers, prospective providers, parents and teachers will explore new approaches to child care in the 1990s during the city's third annual child-care conference Saturday.

Sponsored by the Mayor Kurt Schmoke's Office of Children and Youth and several area businesses, this year's conference will focus on care for school-age children, says Myra Breskow Schein, the city's child-care coordinator. "Sometimes we think older children can take care of themselves, but they need a little help," she says.

Among the workshops will be "School-age Child Care Activities and Routines," "Non-Competitive Games and Activities," "Positive Reinforcement and Discipline" and "Planning for the Hyperactive Child." There will also be sessions on state licensing regulations, day-care financing and community resources that enhance child care.

Much of the information will also be useful to those who provide care for preschool children, Schein said.

The guest speaker will be Asa G. Hilliard III, a professor of urban education at Georgia State University, who will talk about the role of after-school child care.

The program also includes a festival of films on child care and displays of model child-care arrangements, where programs will be presented by staffs and children from four area child-care centers.

This annual conference was one of the reasons Working Mother magazine named Baltimore among the top five cities in the country for providing child care earlier this year.

The conference, titled "Child Care is Growing Up: Keys to Care in the '90s," begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. at the Convention Center. Those who have not preregistered may do so from 8 to 9 a.m. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $5. For more information, phone the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth at 396-3162.

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