Registration opens March 27, 2018!

CHALLENGE OF CHILDREN

About Us

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.


Location

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.

» Holland Area Map
» Campus Map
» Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
» City of Holland Dining Guide
» Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Bus


Professional Development Hours

This conference qualifies childcare providers for up to four training hours. Training records will be available at the conference.

Questions ???

» Registration
    rlyons@allegancounty.org

» Volunteering
    lknoll@cdsoc.org

» Exhibiting
    slake@miottawa.org

» Sponsorships & Donations
    kpeppin@oaisd.org

» Other
    challengeofchildren@gmail.com


Contact Us

» Allegan
   269-686-4659
   Email
» Ottawa
   616-796-1504
   Email
» Kent
   616-365-8920 x 200
   Email