Our bookkeeper, Michele McElreath, attended ‘QuickBooks Made Easy’ in Denver, focusing on training for non-profits. The interactive, day-long conference demonstrated the most efficient ways to set up accounts and create reports. Hosted by Gregg Bossen, CPA PC, from Atlanta, the seminar proved to be useful and entertaining.
In the fall of 2013, our entire faculty visited a wide-variety of local elementary schools to gain more information about what is happening in neighboring early childhood educational settings and Kindergarten classrooms. We returned to school and shared our experiences.
Our Director Ginger Rubey attended this conference in Philadelphia at the Smith Memorial Playground (http://www.SmithPlayground.org), an incredible indoor and outdoor public playground for all. The conference focused on why play is important for children and the subtle ways that play is being taken away from children across our country. Additional information regarding the keynote speakers can be referenced below:
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood http://www.CommercialFreeChildhood.org
The Philadelphia Declaration of Play (PDOP) is a local, grass-roots group dedicated to raising consciousness and organizing creative challenges to the public health crisis created by the neglect of play in the lives of growing children. Through work with local corporations, schools, religious institutions, parent groups and local government, PDOP is committed to promoting play as a fundamental right and critical necessity for all children’s healthy maturation and development, and supports the need for play to become, once again, central in the lives of our children.
Paddington teacher and grant-writer Jason Staberg attended this conference on grant research and writing at Clayton Early Learning. He obtained many useful resources to use in the grant research process and learned effective strategies for successful grant writing.