Children & Youth Programs
Oh, we were so excited to host your children at the 2020 Northeast Faculty Conference! Unfortunately, we will not be offering children’s programs this year due to moving to a virtual format. We will hope to offer this programming for our children and youth programs in 2021.
We will offer two programs for children according to their ages and needs. Both programs run concurrently to faculty programming in the mornings and evenings and are staffed by background checked professionals and volunteers. Please note: there is no official childcare or children’s program between lunch and dinner during our optional activities and seminars. This is to make space for families to enjoy free time together and to keep kids fresh for the evening session. However, we do encourage asking others for help and teaming up with other parents and new friends while in community together.
Nursery Program (0-4 years)
Children from birth to 4 years old are invited to participate in our Nursery Program. This program is play-based with a high ratio of caregivers to children, depending upon the specific ages of the children enrolled. They will have some simple Bible story time, singing, crafts, play in the nursery room, and walks around the campus. The focus of this program is love and care from our volunteers to free up parents of our youngest children for full participation in the program.
Children's Program (PreK- 15 years)
We believe that the natural world is an outflow of God's love and contains endless treasures for us to find. This year, we are offering a hands-on, discovery-centered morning program for children ages 4-15 to help them explore the wonder of that creation. The area around URI hosts a variety of enticing habitats from pine forest to freshwater swamp to sandy beach. Every morning, we will adventure to a new outdoor environment and acquaint ourselves with some of the animals and plants that live there. We will respond to what we find with a little bit of learning and leave plenty of room to explore and play. Be advised: Please bring extra clothes for when your children return. We will get wet and dirty.
Children's Program Director
Lauren Watka works as a Campus Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, coaching and equipping students at Rhode Island College and Brown University to share the real hope of Christ on their campuses. Her first career, however, was in research and education. During her graduate school years and research at Brown University, Lauren discovered a passion for environmental stewardship. After graduating, she ran elementary school programs with the New England Aquarium and academic summer camps for high school students through Brown University. She finds the most joy tidepooling with her nieces and nephews around Cape Cod and climbing trees around her home in Providence, RI.
Banner photo credit of Misquamicut Birds: Flow via flickr