Hot Springs Early Childhood Association (HSECA)

Hot Springs area
President: LesLee Jones

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Here are our next upcoming meetings this year:

All sessions will be virtual. Must register using Zoom links provided. There is a different link for each session. If you have trouble, please call or text LesLee at 501-463-0375 or send her an email at

Monday, February 8, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Provider and Child TLC”

Join this panel of Arkansas early childhood experts as they answer questions about Social-Emotional Behavior of children and Provider Self-Care during COVID-19. NOTE: This is pre-recorded from the AECA November Conference.

Use the following link to register:


Monday, March 8, 2021 6:00– 8:00 p.m.

Have you ever said that you’re “not a math person”?  In this reassuring session, we’ll shine a light on monstrous math myths as we discover that we – and the children with whom we share our days – are actually “math people” after all.

Presenter:  Marcy White, Arkansas State University Childhood Services, Continuum for Teaching & Learning

Use the following link to register:


Monday, April 12, 2021 6:00– 8:00 p.m.
“Outdoor Environment”

Discover the Top Ten reasons why the outdoor environment is important for children and how you can keep children safe in that environment.

PresenterPaul Lazenby, UAFS Trainer

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Attention ALL Early Childhood Programs

Programs registering staff who attend this session, may win special prizes. Watch your e-mail inbox for information!

Training Hours

  • CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for each training
  • Hours count toward DHS Licensing Requirements for annual training hours
  • Hours count toward required training hours for Better Beginnings


LesLee Jones

LesLee Jones


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 Lunsford

Sherry Lunsford

Recording Secretary

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.

Donny Caudill

Donny Caudill

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.

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.

Schelly Graves

Schelly Graves

Vice President
Dawson Education Coop – Mountain Pine ABC Pre-K Teacher
I am a 2015 graduate of Henderson State University.  I have been a lead teacher with Dawson Education Coop since 2017.  I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl and finally reached my goal. I have been married to Ronnie Graves from Mountain Pine since 1990.  We have 2 adult sons and 1 daughter-in-love.  I enjoy spending time with my family.
Rhonda Golden

Rhonda Golden

Membership Chair

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