CHALLENGE OF CHILDREN
Raising and caring for children is a demanding job. In 1981, a dedicated group of health and human service professionals in Allegan and Ottawa Counties recognized this challenge. They subsequently identified the need to offer parent education, support and a network where parents and caregivers could talk with one another about family life management. The Challenge of Children Coalition was born and in the following year, 1982, the very first Challenge of Children Conference was held. Fifteen years later, an invitation to serve on the coalition was extended to Muskegon County professionals. Another 20 years have passed since then and the coalition remains strong. The conference continues to draw hundreds of parents and caregivers annually from West Michigan and throughout the state. What is more important is that over 30,000 parents and caregivers bettered themselves for the children whose lives they touch.
Save the date for next year! The 37th Challenge of Children conference is scheduled for May 16, 2019, registration will open March 26, 2019.
Hope College - Holland, Michigan
Participants should check in at the Maas Center located at 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423 (map). Sessions will be held in various classrooms throughout campus. Comfortable shoes, jackets and umbrellas are suggested.
Parking is available in any Hope College student, visitor or faculty lot due to summer break, with the exception of designated spaces such as handicapped, delivery vehicles and others.
Professional Development Hours
This conference qualifies childcare providers for up to four training hours. Training records will be available at the conference.
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