Gifted performer/author/educator Jim Gill will be on the Rend Lake College campus Saturday, October 4, to provide the keynote address at the third annual Celebrating Children Conference hosted by RLC’s Child Care Resource and Referral "Project CHILD" and co-sponsored by Southern Illinois Early Childhood Action Team.
Gill will be the center of attention at the morning session when he presents "May there always be music! May there always be books!" from 9 until noon. He is widely recognized for his concerts of music and play presented to children and families throughout the country at libraries, schools, theaters and museums. He has produced several CDs and has written a book.
Most of his ideas come from the weekly programs in music play he directs for families of children with special needs in the Chicago area. Gill has a Master’s Degree in Child Development from the Erikson Institute of Chicago.
Attendees of the conference will have several workshops to choose from that afternoon.
Included in the afternoon choices will be dynamic speaker Keith Neuber from the Alton area. Neuber is president of I K.A.N. Presentations and Chief Executive Officer of the Alton Daycare and Learning Center. He holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Other afternoon workshop sessions include stress management, science, emergent reading with Between the Lions and grant-writing.
Conference registration is $25 for those signing up by September 19 ($35 after the 19th) and $15 for students.
A registration form and/or more information is available by contacting "Project CHILD" personnel at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, (618) 244-2210, Ext. 111, or toll-free 1-800-362-7257.