Building the Cayman Islands through youth

A free professional development conference between 20-22 October at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is themed, “Building the Wealth of Cayman Through Quality Early Childhood Care and Education.”

Hosted by the Cayman Islands Early Childhood Education Association, the gathering begins with a preconference session for parents of children ages up to 8 years old on Thursday, 20 October at 7pm. This parents only session will feature opening activities by Hylton Grace, as well as a presentation by Educator and Musician, Mary Ann Harman on “Getting Your Children Ready for Life Through Music and Play.”

On Friday, an interactive music concert for children only, held at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church on Pedro Castle Road in Savannah. Maryann Harman will engage children in music and movement activities using some of the many songs she has written and taught worldwide.

At 7pm on Friday, at The Ritz-Carlton, there will be an official launching of the conference with a VIP reception for dignitaries, keynote speakers and workshop presenters. The association will honour those who have supported the world of early childhood care and education over the years at the reception, with entertainment being provided by local cultural artists.

On Saturday, there will be a development conference programme from 8am to 4pm for all practitioners, caregivers, teachers, operators and administrators of early childhood care and educational facilities on the Island.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Ellen Galinsky, a researcher and author whose recent publication, “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs,” will be the focus of a speech.

Participants will be able to choose additional workshop sessions on a variety of topics during the day. Breakfast and lunch are included and the luncheon keynote speaker will be Maryann Harman. Her presentation will be, “Developing Confident, Competent Children, Ready for School and Ready for Life.”

For information, call 
938-1866 or 916-6367.

“To build a nation we must start with our young children.” Reina Jefferson, Early Childhood Association

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