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Child Development Conference in Truckee May 21: Growing, laughing, learning

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comStephanie Castleman-Blume, right, and Leticia Aguilar, director of Lety's Dual Language Immersion Preschool and Daycare will present "Expanding Books, Expanding Minds." Lety's workshop will be in Spanish and Stephanie's will be in English.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Eighth annual Child Development Conference is coming right up Saturday, May 21, 2011. This event promises another great opportunity to learn and be inspired by cutting-edge research and gain practical take-home strategies for the care and education of children birth to six. The conference will include a dynamic keynote presentation, 13 workshops from which to choose, Continental breakfast and lunch catered by Wild Cherries, complimentary resource bags and a raffle. –

Keynote speakers Lorraine Weatherspoon and Susan Hudnall from the California Department of Education and California Preschool Instructional Network will present research-based activities that promote oral language development and literacy in young children. These skills are the foundation for learning and school success.

Research has shown the number of vocabulary words a child has learned by kindergarten is the predictor of academic success in the third grade. Everyone attending the conference will receive a language and literacy handbook full of fun strategies to develop oral language, vocabulary and communication for their children. Weatherspoon and Hudnall will also present a workshop on extending and enriching reading with children that expands children’s vocabulary, social competence overall comprehension.

Other workshops include: and#8220;Just for Dads,and#8221; and#8220;Cultivating Adventurous Eaters,and#8221; and#8220;Mindful Parenting,and#8221; and#8220;Bringing Books to Life,and#8221; and#8220;Inquiry Science,and#8221; and#8220;All About Parent Co-ops,and#8221; and#8220;Immediate Parenting Solutions,and#8221; and and#8220;Little Communicators and#8212; Language Development in Infants and Toddlers.and#8221; Sierra College dean and award-winning presenter, Dr. Kim Bateman, will offer a peek into the fantastical world view of children in her workshop, and#8220;There’s a Fox Under My Bed.and#8221;

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Communities 4 Kids are the sponsors. Registration for the conference, meals and materials is $45 with scholarships available. For more info or to receive a brochure and registration, please contact Ruth Jackson Hall, at TTUSD 530-582-2583 or e-mail rhall@ttusd.org. Register now for your choice of workshops.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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Who: Parents, educators and advocates of children birth to 6

What: and#8220;Growing, Laughing and Learning,and#8221; a day of education, inspiration and fun

When: Saturday, May 21, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Downtown Truckee

Info: Call 530-582-2583 or e-mail rhall@ttusd.org