Cincinnati Museum Center presents ninth annual conference on play and early childhood education

CINCINNATI – There’s only one week left to register for Cincinnati Museum Center’s ninth annual Learning Through Play Conference . The conference brings together a broad range of the region’s best childhood development experts for workshops to help parents and educators learn more about the physical, mental and emotional health of their children and students. This year’s event for educators will be held at the Mayerson JCC on March 4. Additional family dates will be held every Saturday in March in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center.

CMC recognizes how crucial early childhood development is and the impact that open-ended, hands-on learning can have on building the skills and education children need. It’s something CMC staff facilitates every day. The Learning Through Play Conference goes beyond the “do” of play-based learning activities to include the “how” and “why.” Early childhood experts from 10 organizations, including CMC, will present workshops at the conference, which the American Alliance of Museums recognized as a national model of community engagement with parents.

Each workshop will show you how you can get the most out of your interactions with children. A selection of workshops offered include a session on language development in infants and toddlers led by experts from ThinkTV, tips on using tablets to encourage math competency from faculty at the University of Cincinnati and how to create language and literacy activities for children with disabilities led by staff from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

You can also sign up for sessions on how to develop successful science learners as early as preschool, explore the benefits of therapeutic massage for infants and toddlers led by Child in Bloom and join experts from Beech Acres Parenting Center and Children, Inc. to learn how mindfulness and character strength can increase student participation, happiness and self-acceptance.

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Each session is $15 and registration ends February 16. Food will not be available at the conference but boxed lunches can be pre-ordered. To register, visit or call (513) 486-5871. Parking for the conference is free.