The Early Childhood Professions Department of Central Texas College will host the Central Texas Association of Education for Young Children fall conference and training workshop on Saturday in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156). Designed for child care providers, the conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m.

Two breakout sessions are included in the workshop offering four hours of training. Topics include health and safety, SIDS, shaken baby and brain development, discipline and child abuse, management, creative arts, cultural diversity and social emotional development and transitions.

Registration ends Wednesday. The cost is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children will be admitted free with their membership card. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to area food banks. Attendees will be given door prize tickets for each bag of food or case of water donated.

Following the workshop will be a special presentation from theatrical motivational speaker Shawn Brown of Atlanta, Ga. Brown will host the “Super Fun Show” focusing on music and movement with children. The 45-minute show starts at 2 p.m. and is free for adults who attended the earlier training workshop and donated food and free for children age 12 and younger with a food or case of water donation. Without a donation, the cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children.

For more information, call Janeen Garza at (254) 526-1900 or email

Contact M. Clare Haefner at or (254) 501-7551.

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