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Early Childhood Education to host 30th annual Child Care Conference April 21

On April 21, the Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) will present its 30th Annual Child Care Conference. The conference, which will be held at the Wyndham Hotel, Visalia, is entitled Nurturing Children’s Creativity Through Art, Play & Expression and will feature Central Valley early childhood education leader Lupe Jaime.

“For three decades, the Child Care Conference has been an invaluable resource of inspiration and instructional strategies for Central Valley educators who serve young children,” said Jim Vidak, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools. “With sessions on art, nutrition and language development, this year’s conference promises to be an excellent learning opportunity for participants.”

Child Care Conference keynote speaker Lupe Jaime The Child Care Conference will feature a keynote address by Lupe Jaime on the importance of supporting dual language learners. Ms. Jaime is currently director of Early Care and Education for the Fresno County Office of Education. She oversees several countywide early learning programs and initiatives, including the Local Planning Council and the Fresno County Quality Rating and Improvement System. She is also responsible for oversight of the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center, a partnership between the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and First 5 Fresno County with the capacity to serve 96 children and their families. Ms. Jaime has served as co-chair for the Central Valley Bilingual Dual Language Consortium and as a board member of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network and the California Child Development Administrators Association. In April 2016, Governor Brown appointed her to the First 5 California Commission.

The 30th Annual Child Care Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and feature two additional breakout sessions conducted both in English and Spanish. The deadline to register for the conference is April 16 and the cost is just $50 per person. For more details on conference presenters, activities and registration, call Elvira Barron at (559) 651-0185.