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For Release: June 28, 2002
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Childhood Services to host annual
Early Childhood Education Conference

Childhood Services at Arkansas State University will host the 31st annual Early Childhood Education Conference, "Creating Connections For Learning," Monday, Aug. 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Carl R. Reng Center on the Jonesboro campus. The conference is sponsored by Childhood Services, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

Participants will take part in large and small group sessions including children and grief; nutrition education; licensing requirements; school-age connections; directorís role in quality; math/science connections for young children; stress management; and building Arkansas character.

Guest presenters for the conference are Cheri Sheridan, Joe Frost, Anthony Richardson, Janett Baggett, Sandra Turner and Eric Litwin.

Sheridan is a writer and speaker, nationally recognized for her expertise in child care and early childhood education. She has been featured on local and national broadcasts including "Good Morning America," "Nationís Business Today" and "Working Woman."

Frost is Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, and has widely lectured throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He has authored and edited 16 books and more than 100 articles and research reports.

Richardson, also known as the Music Man, developed the innovative music program "Keep a Steady Beat,"which brings rhythm, creative learning and movement together for the young child. He is a motivational speaker and presents at local, state and national conferences.

Baggett is an instructor in Early Childhood, Elementary and Reading Education and the director of the Early Childhood Center at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama. She is a recipient of the Robert A. Weiseman Excellence in Teaching Award by the AUM School of Education. Baggett conducts workshops throughout the southeast.

Turner has been involved as an educator, public and private sector employee and is active in community affairs. She has directed a child care facility and conducted research on the effects of divorce on young children.

Litwin is a guitarist, singer, storyteller and performance artist with Atlanta Young Audiences. An experienced classroom teacher in regular and special education settings, Litwin holds two masterís degrees and was the featured teller at Atlanta Tellabration in 1998.

Participants may stay in University Hall, an air-conditioned residence hall on campus, located near the Reng Center. Check-in at the residence hall will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. All meals are included in registration fees, beginning with breakfast Monday, concluding with the luncheon Wednesday.

Sessions are suited for all child care providers.

For more information about the conference or registration, contact Childhood Services, 870-972-3055 or 888-429-1585.

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