Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Week of Young Child Features Play Day, Conference, Fajitas

KINGSVILLE - April 09, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

The staff and students at the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children (CCYC) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 13-19 with a variety of activities.

The children at the CCYC will have the opportunity to get into the fun of the week with special events each day. Monday, April 13, is Pajama Day when they will be encouraged to come to school in their PJs. Tuesday, April 14, is Crazy Hair Day, Wednesday, April 15, is Storybook Character Day and Thursday, April 16, is Crazy Hat Day.

The annual Play Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 17, at Javelina Stadium. Youngsters from the CCYC, St. Gertrude’s Catholic School, First United Methodist Church’s Child Care Center, NAS-Kingsville’s Child Development Center, Epiphany Day School and Dos Culturas Bilingual Academy will be present to participate in a variety of contests. They will be assisted by A&M-Kingsville students from the Aggie Club, the Campus Activities Board, the Wildlife Society and Javelina athletic teams.

The young children will enter an obstacle course, visit a petting zoo, watch a puppet show and much more.

The 15th Annual Child Care Providers Conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building as part of the Week of the Young Child. About 250 child care providers from South Texas will participate in this year’s conference entitled Rainbows: Arco Iris—A World of Many Colors.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Pam Schiller, curriculum specialist and freelance author and speaker. She has worked as a childcare administrator and has taught in the public schools. She served as head of the Early Childhood Department at the University of Houston.
            Schiller is the author of five curriculums, 11 children’s books, more than 30 teacher and parent resource books and a number of other creative projects including activity books, DVDs and CDs. She received her doctorate in child development from Texas Women’s University.

Other speakers include Dr. Rebecca Palacios and Dr. Irma Woods.

Palacios has been a teacher in the Corpus Christi Independent School District for 33 years currently teaching at Zavala Special Emphasis School. The topic of her presentation is Working with English Language Learners: Embracing Diversity. She received her National Board Certification in 1997, the first Hispanic in Texas and one of the first five teachers in the state to do so.
She is vice chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and was a founding member of the group in 1987.  She received an associate’s degree from Del Mar College, her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, her master’s degree from Corpus Christi State University and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Woods will present two sessions—Honoring Children’s Place in Society and Using Children’s Literature to Value Diversity. She is currently professor of child development in the early childhood department at Del Mar College.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I University, her master’s from Corpus Christi State University and her doctorate from the University of Texas.

The Annual Fajita Fund Raiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the CCYC.  Plate tickets are $6 and will only be sold presale. Tickets are available at the CCYC. There also will be a mariachi band, ballet folklorico dancers, a moon walk, a clown and other entertainment.

For more information on these events, call the CCYC at 361-593-2219.

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