Hot Springs Early Childhood Association (HSECA)

Hot Springs area
President: Kathryn Linch

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PDR 50303 – Learning Environments: Planning for Positive Behaviors (CCAWCA)
HSECA – Terri Helms
First United Methodist Child Development Center218 Pratt St, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
09/12/2022, 06:00PM – 08:00PM

PDR 50624 – Reset, Refuel, Recharge with Be Well Care Well Arkansas
First United Methodist Child Development Center218 Pratt St, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
10/10/2022, 06:00PM – 08:00PM
Presentation Description: This is a fun, interactive session where we’ll learn about stress and wellness in the early education field, look at our current stress levels, and identify small, manageable action steps to start improving our well-being right away! We’ll also share information about the Be Well Care Well Arkansas program.
Presenter’s Name: Susanna Creed
Presenter’s Title: Be Well Care Well Arkansas Program Manager – Curricula Concepts

Caring for YOU: Caring for Our Children
First United Methodist Child Development Center218 Pratt St, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
11/14/22 06:00pm to 08:00PM
Presentation Description:  This two hour presentation presents information about the importance of our own self care and how this can positively impact the children and families we work with.  Behavioral and communication strategies will also be discussed to give participant’s some skills in interacting with families and children who may present with challenges
Presenter 1 Name:    Jayne Bellando, PhD
Presenter’s Title: Licensed Psychologist, Professor, UAMS College of Medicine, Healthy Child Care Arkansas
Presenter 2 Name: Maya Lopez, MD
Presenter’s Title: D
evelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Professor, UAMS College of Medicine, Healthy Child Care Arkansas

  • February 13, 2023 (6pm to 8pm): Topic TBD, Presenter TBD
  • March 13, 2023 (6pm to 8pm): Topic TBD, Presenter TBD
  • April 10, 2023 (6pm to 8pm): Arkansas Children’s Week Dinner & Tribute Topic TBD, Presenter Ann Patterson



Kathryn Linch

Kathryn Linch


I have been in the education field since 2007 when I began my bachelors at the University of Arkansas in Early Childhood Education. I worked in childcare through my college career, and completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Harding University in 2016. I am a military spouse with three beautiful children.  Throughout our journey as a Navy family, I have student taught in South Carolina and have been a classroom teacher in Virginia and Guam. I am now a program coordinator for Childcare Aware of West Central Arkansas and look forward to serving the community!

Christine Hudon

Christine Hudon

Vice President
Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones

Recording Secretary

My name is Shannon Jones. My husband, Kevin, and I have been married for 34 years and we have one grown son, Daniel. In 1990 we moved to Hot Springs from South Arkansas to serve as house parents for the elementary-aged boys at Hillcrest Children’s Home. I have been at First United Methodist Child Development Center in Hot Springs since December of 2000. I spent my first six months as infant
support staff, fourteen years as the mobile infant lead teacher, six years as the assistant director, and the last year and a half as the director. When I‘m not at work I enjoy spending time at home with my husband and three cats. My husband and I also enjoy serving in various ministries at our church.

Donny Caudill

Donny Caudill

VP of Communications

My name is Donny and I am married to my beautiful wife Jessie, who is also a preschool teacher. We have two children, a son named TJ, who loves football and music and a daughter named Emma, who loves dance and keeping us on our toes. I am currently the Grant Coordinator and Data Specialist for Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas and I absolutely love it. It’s so much fun being in a position that relates to what my wife does which gives us plenty to talk about. Prior to Child Care Aware, I was a Telecommunications Specialist in the Air Force for 10 years and then moved to the HR Manager position for another 10 years until I retired in 2014. For fun, I enjoy spending time with my family. We try to get outdoors as much as possible and love geocaching and playing Pokémon Go with the kids.

Dot Brown

Dot Brown


Fifty-four years ago I moved to Arkansas from South Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country, and boy was that culture shock.  Because of my boss, Maggie Reynolds, for whom the Maggie Reynolds-Deltha Sharp award is named, I immediately became a member of and deeply involved in AECA (it was AACUS then), SECA (it was SACUS then) and the Little Rock affiliate.  From that time forward I have been involved in AECA, SECA, and two local affiliates, serving on the board and planning conferences and trainings for each one.

During all of these years I have been part of the Arkansas early care and education community and my dearest friends are in that same field.  Currently, I am an independent contractor and have an agreement with the Early Childhood, Preschool Program at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.  My contract work has included development of the curricula that is on the Better Beginnings website and development of training that is being presented statewide.

In conclusion, let me say that AECA has been “very, very, good for me” and has kept me involved in and committed to what is best for children, families and early childhood professionals in Arkansas.

Rhonda Golden

Rhonda Golden

Membership Chair

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