Getting to Know You Again: Helping Young Children Adjust to the Return of a Military Parent

Date: June 17, 2013 - June 18, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Online
Contact: Kendra Moyses, kmoyses@anr.msu.edu

The Child Care concentration of the Military Families Learning Network is proud to announce the next session of our Child Care and Military Families web conference series. You are invited to join us for the 60-minute web conference Getting to Know You (Again): Helping Young Children Adjust to the Return of a Military Parent on Tuesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. EDT. In this web conference, presenters will discuss • the "big picture" of reintegration (e.g., statistics on returning service members) • the process and challenges of reintegrating into family life • understanding reintegration from a young child's point of view and supporting the child during the transition • strategies for supporting the relationship between parent and child Presenters: Rhonda Spearman, Ed.D. In addition to her degrees in Education, with specializations in Early Childhood Development and Information Science, Rhonda also has "on the job training" in military family life. Rhonda, her husband (a Sergeant serving in the Air National Guard), and their boys, age 7 and 4, have lived through two deployments and are currently getting to know each other again since Dad's return in May. Rhonda will share what she and her husband are learning about balancing everyone's needs as they adjust to being together again as a family, and how the staff at the children's schools support them through the process. Kathy Reschke, Ph.D. Kathy currently serves as the Child Care Concentration Leader for the Military Families Learning Network. She as had a wide range of experiences in early child development and learning, including teaching young children, developing and delivering professional development for child care professionals, and serving as Extension State Specialist in Child Care at Ohio State University. [More information about our guest speakers can be found on the Learn page.] Audience: This 60-minute web conference will be presented for child care providers (both on-installation and in local communities) who work with Military Families, as well as early childhood professionals who supervise, direct, or educate child care providers who work with Military Families. How to Attend the Web Conference: • No registration is required to attend this event. Simply log on to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/milfam as a "guest" a few minutes before 2 p.m. on June 18. • Selected articles have been identified to prepare you for this web conference. If you want to learn more about supporting military families during reintegration before the web conference, we recommend that you review these articles. Links can be found at https://learn.extension.org/events/1071. A recording of the web conference and additional resources will also be available at this site after the session. If you click "Follow this event," you can receive updates as more information is added to the site. • To receive more information after the web conference, you can type your email address into the chat box during the session, or send an email to dbales@uga.edu after the session. • To learn more about the Child Care concentration of the Military Families Learning Network, please visit http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/child-care/

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