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Eagle’s Nest Preschool hosting Saturday conference in Craig

If you go

What: Challenging Behavior Prevention & Solutions Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Cost: $50

— The conference is open to parents, teachers or anyone who works with children. For more information, call (303) 423-1026 or e-mail sk@relationshipro...

If you go

What: Challenging Behavior Prevention & Solutions Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.



Cost: $50

— The conference is open to parents, teachers or anyone who works with children. For more information, call (303) 423-1026 or e-mail



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Times have changed, said Angie Roberts, director of Eagle’s Nest Preschool. The difference, as it relates to her profession at least, lies in child behavior, she said.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Roberts said of early childhood education. “There’s a difference from when I started to the way it is now.”

Susan Kay, director of Relationship Roots — a nonprofit group with a stated mission to “increase the quality of childcare, especially as it relates to nurturing experiences and the social-emotional development of young children” — agreed.

“There’s some research out there showing that challenging behavior is on the increase among younger and younger children,” Kay said. “And those who work in that field — those who provide child care or counseling or teachers — are finding they have to deal with it more and more.”

Roberts and Kay are working together to address the issue.

Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., home to Eagle’s Nest, will host the Challenging Behavior Prevention & Solutions Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The conference, which is presented by Relationship Roots, costs $50 to attend and is open to parents, teachers and “anybody who works with children,” Kay said.

The conference will be split into morning and afternoon sessions, and Kay will lead both.

The morning session will focus on what Kay described as “positive guidance.”

“Most challenging behavior comes about because children don’t have the skills they need to get something,” she said. “They want something, but they don’t know how to ask for it so they scream or hit somebody over the head.”

Rather than punish the child, adults need to teach children more effective ways to communicate wants and needs, Kay said.

“You can help build that skill in that child — how to manage their anger, how to share, how to ask for what they want,” she said.

The afternoon session will center on “relationship building,” Kay said.

“The most important thing for the development of a young child’s brain is the quality of their relationships with caring, loving adults,” she said.

“This is our big mission — to help people understand that it’s not just about trying to get kids to obey and do what you want. It’s about really connecting with children in a deep way that supports everything about them.

“It supports their brain development, it supports their learning how to live in society.”

Kay said raising or working with children is a skill many adults need to learn.

“We can’t assume that everyone in our culture really knows how to have the most effective, positive relationships with young children, because most of us didn’t get it when we were young,” Kay said.

Roberts thinks the change in children’s behavior can be attributed to an overworked society.

“I think parents are just busy nowadays,” she said. “They’re too busy to take that time with their families and play with their children. Most of them have to work two jobs just to make it in life.”


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