Hundreds of child care providers take part in appreciation, training seminar in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

February 22, 2014 Updated Feb 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Hundreds of Northlanders who care for our region's youth paid a visit to Duluth Saturday for a seminar that aimed to recognize their work, and prep them for the future.

The Northland Foundation's Child Care Providers' Appreciation and Training Seminar brought more than 400 child care providers to the DECC.

There, they took part in hands–on training exercises and other learning opportunities among peers.

This year's primary speaker was psychologist Dr. Terrie Rose, who spoke about care from the child's point of view.

The seminar also took time to recognize the efforts of the trade.

"Childcare providers sometimes are viewed as babysitters, and it's far more than just watching children," said Kids Plus Director Lynn Haglin, of the Northland Foundation. "They engage with children. They have to pan their day. They take care of their nutrition needs. They take care of their early literary activities. All of those things, and sometimes we just don't stop to talk about it."

The even is hosted by the Northland Foundation, which directs resources to address issues like poverty, and strengthening families.

Billy Wagness