Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Conference Draws 1,000 Parents as Teachers Concepts Explored

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Conference Draws 1,000 Parents as Teachers Concepts Explored

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Understanding the anxious child. Hands-on activities for young children. Nutrition, love, music and literacy. The power of pretend play and sleep issues in the young child.

For close to 1,000 parents and educators, those topics and others will be floating around the Hyatt Regency Hotel until the end of Tuesday as part of the sixth annual Parents as Teachers International Conference that began Sunday.

Using the theme, "Born to Learn," conference organizers said the meeting speaks to their vision of hope and optimism for all children. Simply put, said Mildred Winter, executive director of Parents as Teachers National Center: "We need to help parents become their children's best and most influential teachers." Today and Tuesday, parents and educators will hear from guest speakers who specialize in education reform and lessons for children. They also will break up into smaller groups for special sessions that focus on everything from talking to your children to the impact of welfare reform to redirecting children's behavior. On Sunday, in a packed ballroom at Union Station in St. Louis, the conference began with Winter and four guests who spoke about different aspects of early childhood education. …

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