Keeler Is Keynote Speaker, Presenter

Rusty Keeler, an artist, designer and author, will be the keynote and workshop presenter for the 29th annual Early Childhood Conference on Friday at the Carnahan Center, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, and Saturday at Dunkirk High School.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Chautauqua County Chapter of the New York Association for the Education of Young Children (CCCNYAEYC — formerly known as the Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Children), Dunkirk City School District, Campus and Community Children’s Center, the Chautauqua Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. and Jamestown Community College.

On Friday, Keeler will be the sole presenter. On Saturday, in addition to Keeler’s keynote presentation and workshop, there will be other workshop choices including: “That’s Not Fair: Young Children and Social Justice in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms” presented by Karen Lindema; “Learning Begins with Community” presented by Jeanne McNiff-Hendzlik; “Supporting Movement in the Classroom — an Essential First-Step in Preventing Obesity” presented by Dr. Jennifer Berke; “Hands-On Practical Ideas To Promote Communication With Young Children” presented by Mercy Homer, a speech language pathologist; and “Don’t be Afraid to Go Outside!” presented by Katie Finch, senior naturalist, and Jennifer Schlick, executive assistant, both from the Audubon Community Nature Center.

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