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Childcare providers' appreciation, training event planned

On Valentine's Day, the Northland Foundation will show some love to the people who care for our most precious asset: young children. The Childcare Providers' Appreciation and Training will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DECC's Lake Superio...

On Valentine's Day, the Northland Foundation will show some love to the people who care for our most precious asset: young children.

The Childcare Providers' Appreciation and Training will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DECC's Lake Superior Ballroom in Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 14. Registration and continental breakfast will start at 9 a.m. Last year's inaugural event drew nearly 350 people; it is expected that this year's turnout will be equally strong.

Anyone in the seven-county Arrowhead Region who provides care to children ages five or younger is welcome, whether they represent a home-based child care setting, child care center or early education program, or regularly take care of children belonging to a family member, friend or neighbor.

This exciting event will offer learning opportunities featuring expert presenters, networking with peers, lunch, terrific prizes, and well-deserved thanks for the vital service child care providers offer to families and young children. An array of prizes will be given away, among them gift baskets, gift certificates, hotel stays, and a grand prize of free airfare for two to Las Vegas courtesy of Allegiant Air. Child Care Resource and Referral training hours are available for attending.

Keynote speaker Dr. Terrie Rose is an acclaimed early care and education innovator and the founder and president of "BABY SPACE: A Place to Grow in the Twin Cities." Dr. Rose's presentation is "Promotion, Prevention and Intervention: Supporting the Social Emotional Development in Young Children."

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"Providing nurturing care and helping to build a foundation for lifelong learning is one of the most challenging jobs in the world," said Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation vice president/KIDS PLUS director. "It is our hope that child care providers will not only gain some helpful tips and inspiration but also come away feeling appreciated for the invaluable service they provide."

There will be a nominal charge of $10 per person payable with registration. Information and downloadable registration form are available at www.northlandfdn.org/Convening or by calling the Northland Foundation at 218-723-4040 or 800-433-4045.

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