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Early Childhood Education Conference is Saturday, Oct. 5, 2012

The 2012 Stan and Carolyn Little Early Childhood Education (ECE) conference will host nearly 400 early childhood teachers and directors from across the Coachella Valley at the McCallum Theatre and the College of the Desert on Saturday, October 6, 2012.
 “The Many Expressions of Children,” themed conference is from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Keynote speaker, Beth Aune, will help participants recognize and understand students’ sensory and behavioral issues. She will share her ideas at the McCallum Theatre from 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. 
An array of workshops, beginning at 9 a.m.,  will help participants enhance their early childhood teaching practices on topics from creative art and music and books to an update on child care licensing, early childhood learning environments and literacy. Some workshops will be offered in Spanish. Vendors will display their early childhood classroom materials and information for ECE teachers throughout the day. College of the Desert early childhood education students will participate as student volunteers to help with the event. Many of the participants are graduates of College of the Desert’s ECE program.
A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Second Annual Ladybug Award for leadership and service in the early childhood field in the Coachella Valley.  This year’s recipient award will be presented by Carolyn Little Green-Nesbitt who will come back to the desert from her current home in the Pacific Northwest to make the presentation. 
The conference honors Carolyn and her late husband, Stan Little who together owned the Ladybug Preschool center in Indio while both were faculty in early childhood education at College of the Desert. Stan was principal at several elementary schools in Desert Sands Unified School District as well and served on the board of directors during the inauguration of the Marywood Country Day School in Rancho Mirage (now Marywood Palm Valley Preschool). Carolyn taught at several elementary schools in the Valley was an ECE teacher at Hope Lutheran Preschool and then the director there;  the two designed Athena Preschool located in the Palm Desert Town Center and co-owned and operated Ladybug Preschool in Indio which has given the legacy of its name to the ECE award. The first Ladybug Award was presented in 2011 to Dr. Wendy Hinrichs Sanders, faculty, College of the Desert.
East County Child Care Council facilitates registration for the annual event  and a group of early childhood faculty, teachers and directors work annually to plan the conference, including:  Estela Briceno, East County Child Care Coordinator;  Barabara Cordero, Desert Recreation District;  Donna Greene, ECE Faculty, College of the Desert; Rachel Gubman, ECE Consultant; Jackie Leany, Teacher/Director of Marywood Palm Valley Preschool and CA ECE Mentor Teacher; Rosemary Montano; Mayra Moreno, Discovery Family Child Care and CA ECE Mentor Teacher;  Sarah Mosley, Family First Child Care and CA ECE Mentor Teacher; Shine Nissar, Program Specialist, First Five Riverside;   Dionne Palacio, Teacher/Assistant Director, Palm Desert Presbyterian Preschool; Wendy Hinrichs Sanders, ECE Faculty, College of the Desert; Kristin Schlicht, Desert Recreation District;  Linda Sweeney, Van Buren Head Start, DSUSD and CA ECE Mentor Teacher.
For more information contact, Wendy Hinrichs Sanders, 760.399.0922 (cell).