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SBC children’s registration underway

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Registration is now open for families to enroll their children in preschool childcare or the children’s conference June 21-24 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.

For all information regarding registration, visit www.sbc.net and click on “2009 SBC Annual Meeting” then “Children/Students.”


Childcare for newborns through 3-year-olds will be available from Sunday evening through Wednesday. (For children 4 and older, see children’s conference below.) There is a non-refundable registration fee of $10 per child for preschool care. This fee is in addition to the session fees for the convention. The cost per session is $5 per child, not to exceed $40 per family, plus the $10 non-refundable registration fee. Lunch also will be available for preschoolers on Monday and Tuesday at $5 per meal. Complete payment is due for all sessions, and lunch if selected, no later than arrival at the first session.

Registration is being handled exclusively online at www.sbc.net.

To assure that your child is registered, applications and fees must be submitted promptly. Once the completed forms and registration fee for each child are received, a confirmation packet, parent handbook, security information and procedures for check-in and check-out will be sent via e-mail to the parent. The materials also will include information about preschool policies, hours of operation, fees and registration forms.

The deadline for preschool childcare registration is June 1 and is limited to 150 children. Parents wanting to register their children after June 1 may print the required information and bring it to Louisville, where they will be registered on-site on a space-available basis. Questions about this year’s childcare can be directed to [email protected].


Children ages 4-12, meanwhile, can participate in the children’s conference at the SBC annual meeting.

Children’s Conferences International will provide an age-graded, Scripture-based conference for all children ages 4-12. This year’s theme, “Pirates of the Cranium!” will include fun songs, crafts, stories, skits and games.

The cost for the children’s conference is $45 per child. However, only $20 is required per child to register, which is nonrefundable. The balance (an additional $25 per child) is due upon arrival at the conference, although advance payments for the full amount may be made.

“We are delighted to again offer and facilitate biblically based conferences for all age groups 4 years old and beyond during the annual meeting,” said Clark Logan, convention manager and vice president for business and finance of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.

“We continue to listen to the excellent feedback we receive from parents and are committed to provide the best facilities, activities and leaders for all children so that families will be encouraged to attend the annual meeting in Louisville.”

To register, visit www.sbc.net, then click on 2009 SBC Annual Meeting, then click on Children/Students section, or go directly to www.childrensconferences.com, then click on Louisville, June 22-24.

All children’s programs will be held in the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The children’s conference schedule for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is as follows (as the convention dates draw nearer, the schedule will be updated with specifics for each day):

7:30 a.m. — Children’s program opens for child drop-off; late registration/payment area opens.

8:30 a.m. — Children’s program begins.

11:45 a.m. — Parents pick up children for lunch; children’s program closes for lunch hour.

12:45 p.m. — Children’s program reopens for child drop-off (except for Wednesday).

1:30 p.m. — Children’s program begins (except for Wednesday).

5:30 p.m. — Parents pick up children; children’s program closes for dinner break.

6:00 p.m. — Children’s program reopens for child drop-off.

6:30 p.m. — Children’s program begins.

9:30 p.m. — Parents pick up children; Children’s program closes for the evening.

Questions about this year’s children’s conference program can be phoned to Children’s Conferences International at 248-346-5373 or e-mailed to [email protected]. The deadline for enrollment is June 1 and is limited to 400 children. Parents wanting to register their children after June 1 may inquire at the first session, where they will be registered on-site on a space-available basis.
Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston.

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