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SBC preschool, children’s programs begin registration

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP)–Registration is now open for families planning to enroll their children in the June 10-13 preschool childcare or the children’s conference in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

For all information regarding registration, visit www.sbc.net and click on “2007 SBC Annual Meeting” then “Children/Students.”

PRESCHOOL CHILDCARE

Childcare for infants through 3-year-olds will be available from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday. (For children 4 and older, see below.) A $10 one-time nonrefundable registration fee is charged for each child. For each session, a $5 per child fee is charged, with a maximum charge of $40 per family for the full four days of childcare. Lunch will be available for the preschool children on Monday and Tuesday for a cost of $5 per lunch. Complete payment is due for all sessions and for lunch, if requested, upon arrival for the first session. Please be prepared to pay by check made out to Parkhills Baptist Church.

Registration information may be obtained in one of four ways:

— e-mailing [email protected], including the sender’s name and address.

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— downloading a set of forms for each child at www.sbc.net, Children/Students

— writing to SBC Childcare, Parkhills Baptist Church, 17747 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78232.

— calling the special childcare telephone number, 210-377-8401, and leaving a message.

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 family ID number will be assigned and a confirmation packet with a family confirmation card, parent handbook, security information and procedures for check-in and check-out will be sent.

The postmark deadline for preschool childcare registration is May 18 and is limited to 150 children. Parents wanting to register their children after May 18 may print the required information and bring it to San Antonio, where they will be registered on-site on a space-available basis. Questions about this year’s childcare can be directed to the special telephone number, 210-377-8401.

CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE

Children ages 4-12 will be part of the age-graded children’s conferences at the SBC annual meeting in San Antonio.

Children’s Conferences International will provide an age-graded, Scripture-based conference for all children ages 4-12. This year’s theme, “Mission Unconditional,” 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 Jack Wilkerson, 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 San Antonio.”

To register, visit www.sbc.net, then click on Children/Students section, or go directly to www.childrensconferences.com, then click on San Antonio.

All children’s programs will be held in The Henry B Gonzales Convention Center.

The general 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.

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

5:45 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 (317) 409-5326 or e-mailed to [email protected] The deadline for enrollment is May 18 and is limited to 400 children. Parents wanting to register their children after May 18 may inquire at the first session, where they will be registered on-site on a space-available basis.
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