Kent ISD — Those who attended the early childhood conference Empowering Parents on Sept. 9 said they found it to be enlightening and informative.
“Having shared experiences to talk to other parents and the support and encouragement helps me gain confidence as a parent,” said Stephanie Witherspoon, who attended the conference and participated in a parent panel.
Another parent in the Bright Beginnings program said she appreciated the opportunity to have classes such as the ones offered at the conference, adding “the more we know, the better we can be for our children.”
The one-day event included breakfast and an opportunity to visit with community partner resource tables. A keynote presentation featured parents who discussed their experiences in early childhood programs and how such programs could better support families.
Breakout sessions were offered on such topics as self-care, supporting positive behaviors, raising successful eaters, kindergarten readiness, and communication and language. Each session offered corresponding take-home supplies to extend the learning.
Collaboration with area partners in early childhood, including Bright Beginnings, Early On, Great Start Readiness Program, Great Start to Quality, First Steps Kent and the Ready by Five Early Childhood millage, helped make the conference possible.