Second Annual Parenting Conference Coming Up in Hopewell Valley

    Keynote Speaker, Dr. Matt Bellace

    This year’s Hopewell Valley Parenting Conference will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ from 8am-1:30pm.  The conference, to which over 225 people attended last year, celebrates parents, caregivers, and others who are raising children, and aims to provide support with the tools necessary to raise happy, healthy, and responsible children. 

    Keynote speaker, Matt Bellace, PhD will present “Helping Kids Reduce Their Stress (and ours) in the Pursuit of Success.” Additionally, attendees may choose two of nine workshops, and will also find refreshments, a book signing, community resources and information tables. Workshop topics include: Trends in Adolescents; Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors; Nurturing Your Child’s Potential; Random Drug Testing: What is It; and more.

    Parents, guardians and caregivers with children Pre-K to high school are encouraged to register by January 12. Conference fees are $20 per person. After January 12, on-line registration will be closed and only walk-in registration will be accepted at $30 per person. Workshop availability cannot be guaranteed.

    The Hopewell Valley Parenting Conference is organized by parent volunteers in partnership with the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, Hopewell Valley Regional School District, and the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation.  For more information and to register in advance, visit  Questions can be directed to

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    Mary Galioto
    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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