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May 6, 2009 > Teaching kids to work out conflicts

Teaching kids to work out conflicts

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Toby Librande

You rush out of the shower as your seven year old and five year old have a disagreement while building with blocks. The fight gets intense and the project comes to a halt. Sound familiar, moms and dads?

Many children use force as a first option when they encounter conflict. What can you do to teach children other better options? Milpitas Alliance for Better Child Care May workshop, presented by KTEH Early Learning's Donald Akimoto, will seek to answer your questions.

KTEH Education Network inspires learning and enriches communities through the power of media. This active learning workshop helps caregivers of young children understand how they can support children to make good choices when faced with conflict.

The workshop is ideal for children aged one to six years of age.

"This Milpitas Alliance meeting is our monthly meeting for licensed family childcare providers. Anyone who is a licensed family childcare provider is welcome to attend, they must call or email me to reserve a space, however" said Toby Librande, City of Milpitas Child Care Coordinator.

The Milpitas Alliance is a local group of family childcare providers that works to support the children and families in its care through networking and communication.

The group does not charge dues and its meetings are open to everyone in and around Milpitas who have an interest in licensed family childcare, especially currently operating family childcare providers and prospective family childcare providers.

If you are a licensed family childcare provider or interested in becoming one, this group is for you. Becoming a licensed family childcare provider is, however, a detailed process, according to Librande. To review the guide on how to start, visit www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov and select "residents" from the home page, then select "child care programs" from the side bar on the left.

Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Milpitas Community Center or at a hosting family child care provider's home.

Topics usually focus on child development, licensing issues, kindergarten readiness, health and safety. "The Milpitas Alliance for Better Child Care is an informal support group designed with the licensed family childcare provider in mind" said Librande.

She went on to explain "The usual participants are women, who live in and around Milpitas, who have been licensed by Community Care Licensing to care for small or large groups of children in their homes. This group is not intended for parents, unless they are also licensed family childcare providers. The meetings provide curriculum ideas and resources and early education information.

There is a requested RSVP for interested attendees. To reserve your space, please call Toby Librande at (408) 586-3077 or email her at tlibrande@ci.milpitas.ca.gov

Childhood Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, May 12
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Milpitas Community Center
457 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3077

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