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Community Grown: Raising Children with Laughter and Learning

The Seventh Annual Child Development Conference is a fun and educational day with 13 workshops on health and development, child behavior, quality child care, brain development, workshops for Dad, hands-on science, early literacy, music and yoga and more. Sponsored by First 5 Nevada County and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and co-sponsored by Communities 4 Kids and Child Care Coordinating Council of Nevada County, the conference is for parents and educators of children birth to 6 and will be held May 1, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center (Old Rec Center) on Church Street in Truckee.

Includes breakfast, lunch, child care for pre-kindergarten children, take home resources and musical entertainment with Todd Wees.

Keynote speaker Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D. is the executive director of First 5 Nevada County, a grant-making agency that distributes Proposition 10 tobacco tax funds to programs that enhance child development in the first five years. Dunckel holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, where she specialized in parent-child interaction. She has worked as a teacher of toddlers and preschoolers; a child care worker in an institutional foster care setting; a researcher on developmental disabilities, parenting, and mother-infant interaction; a college professor; a parent support group leader; and a parenting workshop leader.

Her current passion is creating a support system of linked resources for all Nevada County families and young children. Dunckel is the author of and#8220;Goodness of Fit in Infancy: Maternal and Infant Temperaments and Their Relationship to Quality of Interaction and Maternal Reflective Function.and#8221; Many of her writings for parents are available under the and#8220;Parentsand#8221; page on the First 5 website http://www.first5nevco.org (click on and#8220;articlesand#8221;). She has a wide range of expertise from toilet training to finding parenting advice that fits. Dunckel lives in Grass Valley with her husband, son, daughter and a ridiculous number of cats and musical instruments. In her free time (?), Dunckel is an avid skier, reader and writer of fiction and poetry.

For brochure and registration, call 582-2583 or e-mail rhall@ttusd.org.

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