UK to Host Parenting Conference

Contact: Carl Nathe

 

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Gladys Hildreth, professor and chair of UK’s Department of Family Studies, invites the public to “come to learn, share and help generate innovative solutions to support parents in their child-raising experiences.”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky will conduct an interdisciplinary parenting conference Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Center on Red Mile Place in Lexington. The title of the daylong event is “What Does It Take to Raise a Child?”

This interactive, cross-cultural conference is a collaborative effort of the UK Department of Family Studies (part of the School of Human Environmental Sciences within the UK College of Agriculture), the UK Cooperative Extension Service, and the UK College of Social Work Training Resource Center, together with the help of several community sponsors. These co-sponsors include Employment Solutions Inc., Bank One, Imani Baptist Church, and Parker and Parker Associates.

“Families, communities, and universities can help make parenting easier and more enjoyable through collaboration,” said Carole Gnatuk, an Extension family child development specialist at UK and one of the organizers of the conference. “This conference focuses on current issues that affect parents’ ability to raise healthy, responsible children.”

The luncheon keynote speaker for the conference is Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, Mass., and an internationally recognized expert on helping educators and parents deal with the effects of violence, media, and commercial culture on children. She is the author of six books, including “Remote Control Childhood? Combating the Hazards of Media Culture.” This topic will be the centerpiece of her presentation.

Gladys Hildreth, professor and chair of UK’s Department of Family Studies, invites the public to “come to learn, share and help generate innovative solutions to support parents in their child-raising experiences.”

Among those encouraged to attend this daylong gathering are:

  • Family life and parent educators
  • Social service professionals
  • Cooperative Extension agents
  • Family resource and youth services coordinators
  • Faith-based representatives
  • Public school educators and administrators
  • Nursing professionals
  • Public health staff
  • University researchers and educators
  • Interested parents

Participants interested in Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) should contact their professional discipline for information. Certificates of attendance will be available.

The cost of registration for the Interdisciplinary Parenting Conference is $35 if postmarked on or before Oct. 21; $40 if postmarked after that date, or at the door. College students presenting a valid student I.D. at check-in can register for $7. Registration will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m., with the luncheon and keynote address scheduled for 11:45 a.m. All registrations include a gourmet box lunch. To obtain a registration form, call (859) 257-5083 or e-mail cgnatuk@uky.edu.

Return registration forms to: UK Dept. of Family Studies/Employment Solutions, Interdisciplinary Parenting Conference, Employment Solutions, Inc., 1084 Whipple Court, Lexington, KY 40511.


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