Early Education Conference - Holden, MA
March 13, 2020 8:30 AM–March 13, 2020 3:45 PM
Holden Christian Academy, 279 Reservoir St., Holden, MA 01520
2020 Early Education Conference
Designed With A Purpose
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Holden Christian Academy
279 Reservoir St.
Holden, MA 01520
Keynote: Designed with a Purpose for His Purpose by Donna Thornton-Roberts
Let’s explore the questions “who am I and what is my value” centering around the priceless promises of a good plan from Jeremiah 29:11 and a divine design from Psalms 139. We will examine a deeper understanding of how precious and uniquely talented we are by God’s design.
Donna K. Thornton-Roberts has been caring for families, staff and directors in early education for over 40 years. Her work with individuals, national early education programs, and churches has provided the foundation and substance to improve childcare centers. Donna’s influence has increased the quality of care for thousands of children across the country. She has served as an adjunct professor at Radford (VA) University, an accreditation commissioner for the National Accreditation Commission and a contribution writer for ACSI and Child Care Information Exchange. Donna was national founder and Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Professionals - the forerunner of the Early Learning Leaders Association. She is a life-long learner having earned a BA in Management of Human Resources, an MA in Business Administration, and is looking forward to soon being called Dr. Donna after completing her PhD.
|7:30 AM||Registration & Refreshments|
|8:30 AM||Welcome/Opening Keynote|
|10:00 AM||Breakout Session A|
|11:15 AM||Lunch (provided)|
|12:00 PM||Second Keynote|
|1:30 PM||Breakout Session B|
|3:00 PM||Closing Keynote|
You will receive 1 CEU (six clock hours) for your attendance at the conference. Be sure to submit an EE Conference CEU Claim Form following the event to start the claiming process.
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Questions? Email the Early Education team
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