Conference 2009
was a HUGE
Thanks to all who participated!
"Creating a Learning Environment"
6 hours of Credit
Annual Conference
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Thelma Harms is the featured presenter for the SCCCA's Annual Conference which will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009, at Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway, Cayce, South Carolina.  Dr. Harms will present a keynote on the Environment Rating Scales (ERS).  The ERS are internationally recognized tools for assessing the quality of child development programs.  Dr. Harms will also present the following two hour workshops entitled:
Using ITERS-R to meet the Cognitive/Language Needs of Children Birth-2
Using ECERS-R to meet the Cognitive/Language Needs of Children 3 - 5
Thelma Harms, Ph.D., is Director of Curriculum Development at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Research Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has been since 1975. She earned an M. A. in Child Development and a Ph. D. in Early Childhood Education at the University of California at Berkeley, where she served as a head teacher in the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center laboratory school for 15 years.  Dr. Harms has lectured and conducted training throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Russia. Her areas of specialization are program evaluation, curriculum, and staff development.
Dr. Harms is the lead author of four widely used program evaluation instruments: the ECERS-R (Harms, Clifford, & Cryer, 1998); the FDCRS (Harms & Clifford, 1989); the ITERS-R (Harms, Cryer & Clifford, 2003); and the SACERS (Harms, Jacobs, &White, 1996). She consulted with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the development of its center accreditation instruments and validator training procedures and is a co-author of the school age child care assessment instrument, which is being used in the NSACA accreditation. Dr. Harms co-chaired the national committee that developed quality criteria for family child care programs and developed an accreditation process and instruments for military family child care.
Dr. Harms has co-authored a number of curriculum materials including: the Family Day Care Education Series; the seven volume Active Learning Series; the Cook and Learn Series, Nutrition Education for Preschoolers; and the 10-part educational television series, "Raising America's Children". She has co-edited a book on working with homeless preschool children in shelters and a recent volume on infants and toddlers in out of home care.
In addition to training courses offered through the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill, Dr. Harms provides training and consultation in collaboration with agencies in many other states and countries.
Trinity Baptist Church
Cayce, South Carolina
Area Hotels
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
2245 Airport Boulevard
Cayce, SC  29033
(803) 794-6200
Comfort Inn Airport
110 Branch Road
West Columbia, SC  29169
(803) 796-0044
For more information, please contact:
Karen C. Boyce
Executive Director
South Carolina Child Care Association
Post Office Box 12564
Columbia, SC  29201
(803) 530-9875
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