Hot Springs Early Childhood Association (HSECA)
Here are our next upcoming meetings:
- Will be Face to Face at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center
- Will take place in September, October, and November
- Will be 2 hours in length and will receive PDR Credit
- Hours count toward DHS Licensing Requirements and Better Beginnings for annual training hours
- Door prizes will be given away at each meeting
October 11 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: YOU Can Impact Children’s Ability to Build Resilience
Explore strategies for creating a safe, warm, sensitive, supportive, and caring learning environment that can IMPACT children’s ability to build resilience.
Presenters: Dot Brown, President, Early Childhood Services, Inc. and
LesLee Jones, Program Coordinator, Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas
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November 8 – 6:00PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs
Arkansas residents share over 118 home languages! Which languages are represented in your program? Let’s come together to discuss what has worked for you and to discover new strategies for welcoming and supporting Dual Language Learners and their families. We can help all children succeed!
Presenters: Tanya Miller-Witsell and Brenda Reynolds, Welcome the Children – University of Arkansas, Partners for Inclusive Communities.
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MEET THE BOARD
LesLee is one of the Program Coordinators for Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas where she provides professional development training, parent training, resources to providers and families, and teaches CDA Gold. LesLee was asked to serve on the Hot Springs Early Childhood Association board by her mentor and is even an active member of the AECA Advisory Board. She has loved every minute of it which encouraged her to go back to school and get her Master of Science Early Childhood Services degree.
LesLee is a mom of 2 children, ages 18 and 11. She has been married to “Superman” (aka Hot Springs Police K 9 Officer B. Jones) for 20 years. She loves animals and being outdoors. Her small zoo includes 4 cats, 3 dogs, 2 goats, a parrot, and a hedgehog. She is even known to foster kittens from time to time. When LesLee wants to relax, you will find her and her family in their boat on Lake Ouachita.
Sherry has been working in childcare for 40 years. She has worked with all ages and was a center director for 5 years. Sherry has her CDA with ages 3-5 years.
VP of Communications
My name Donny and I am married to a preschool teacher named Jessie. We have a 15 year old son, TJ, who loves football and music and a 9 year old daughter, Emma, who loves keeping us on our toes. I am currently the Program Assistant and Data Specialist for Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas for 5 years now and I absolutely love it. It’s so much fun being in a position that relates to what my wife does and 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 until I retired. For fun, I just 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.
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.