Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Child care providers conference kicks Week of Young Child events

KINGSVILLE - March 24, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The 12 th annual Child Care Providers Conference, set for Saturday, April 1, will kick off Week of the Young Child activities at the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The theme of this year’s Child Care Providers Conference is Creating Connections and it will be held on the second floor of the Memorial Student Union Building from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Judith Cole, associate music professor at A&M-Kingsville, who teaches elementary music education and music history. Her session will explore the wisdom with music, the pattern of unfolding musical abilities in children from birth to five years and ideas for using music to make connections across the curriculum.

The audience will be invited to participate in dozens of joyful musical activities ranging from chants and finger plays to action songs and singing games as a means of understanding music’s gift to the unfolding child.

Cole coordinates and teaches the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training and Certification courses at the university. During the past 20 years, she has taught Orff certification courses at Ohio State University, University of Mississippi, New Mexico State University, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Florida State University and University of Northern Arizona.

In addition to the Orff Schulwerk teaching and learning processes, Cole’s research interests include Balinese gamelan, folk dancing and motor skill development as it relates to playing musical instruments.

She is past president of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and served on the editorial board of The Orff Echo. Cole spent two terms as recording secretary for the National Board of Trustees and was co-chair for the 1995 national conference. She is past president of the Central Texas Chapter and is university liaison for the Wild Horse Desert Chapter.

Cole earned her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and her master’s degree from Louisiana State University.

The conference is sponsored by the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children, Coastal Bend College, the Education Service Center Region 2 and the Kleberg/Kenedy County Extension Office.

Other presenters include:

  • Tamara Armstrong, director at the New Life Center in Beeville, presenting Puppets in the Classroom
  • Angela Craig, director of Driscoll Children’s Learning Center at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, presenting Brain Development
  • Dr. Jana Sanders, associate professor of education and program chair for early childhood education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, presenting Art
  • Diane West, M.S., director of the Morris L. Lichtenstein Jr. Center for Early Learning at Del Mar College, presenting Supervision of Young Children
  • Ching-Ying Lin, instructor at Tajen University Applied Language Department in Taiwan and doctoral student at A&M-Kingsville, presenting Balanced Literacy Instruction with Emergent Language Learners and
  • Brenda Wilson, Headstart teacher in Woodsboro, presenting Math/Science.

The Child Care Providers Conference is the kick off to Week of the Young Child, which runs Sunday, April 2, through Saturday, April 8. This year’s theme is Building Better Futures for All Children.

The next event during the Week of the Young Child is the annual Play Day. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 7, at Javelina Stadium. College students from a number of campus organizations also will be on hand to help the youngsters in various games and activities. Other area preschools will bring their children to participate in the activities. Participating schools and childcare centers include NAS Kingsville, Methodist Child Care Center, Epiphany School and St. Gertrude Catholic School.

The final event will be the annual fajita fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children. Fajita plates will be sold pre-sale only for $6 each. Pre-sale tickets are available from the center parents or by calling 361-593-2219. In addition to the fajita plates, there will be music by Mariachi Javelina and other free activities including a moonwalk, clowns and face painting.

For more information on any of the Week of the Young Child events, call 361-593-2219.

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