CHALLENGE OF CHILDREN
Challenge of Children (COC) is a free, one day conference for parents, professionals, and caregivers held each year in May. The conference is dedicated to informing, educating, motivating, and offering support and networking on child development, child guidance, and other issues related to caring for children. May 13, 2021, is the 39th anniversary of the Challenge of Children Conference. After 38 years of providing this free parenting conference, the coalition will take the next year to evaluate the mission of COC. The members are so thankful for the opportunities to provide an avenue of support and connection among the talented and passionate group of parents, professionals, and caregivers who have dedicated their lives to empowering generations to come and express their gratitude to all of those who have been a part of the COC legacy. Thank you.
Raising and caring for children is a demanding job. In 1981, a dedicated group of health and human service professionals in Allegan and Ottawa Counties recognized this challenge. They subsequently identified the need to offer parent education, support and a network where parents and caregivers could talk with one another about family life management. The Challenge of Children Coalition was born and in the following year, 1982, the very first Challenge of Children Conference was held. Invitations to serve on the coalition were extended to Muskegon and Kent County professionals. The conference draws hundreds of parents and caregivers annually from West Michigan and throughout the state. What is more important is that over 33,000 individuals have bettered themselves for the children whose lives they touch.
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