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Educational First Steps Hosts Early Childhood Education Conference and Symposium for Over 500 Early Childhood Professionals
Date:2/27/2013

covered included the long-term impact of early education, early childhood partnerships, identifying learning differences at an early age and early education legislative priorities.

Educational First Steps presented a series of awards during the event, recognizing outstanding staff members from EFS-assisted centers. The David Munson Teacher and Director of the Year Awards were awarded to recipients who are employed by centers that have been assisted by EFS longer than one year. The Stepping up Awards (sponsored by GEICO) were presented to staff members of centers assisted by EFS for 4 months to one year. The recipients were chosen based upon their use of developmentally appropriate practices, involvement with parents and their communities, demonstration of leadership skills and high level of activity in the EFS program. The awards were presented as follows.

The David Munson Director of the Year Award ($500) - Lynnette Hill (The Family Place)
The David Munson Teacher of the Year Award ($500) - Vickie Young (Riding Rainbow)
The Stepping Up Director Award sponsored by GEICO ($100) - Andre Williams (2nd Step Daycare and Learning Center)
The Stepping Up Teacher Award sponsored by GEICO ($100) - Octavia Polk (Handprints Child Care)

Attendees stated that this was the "best EFS conference" yet and noted that the information was presented in a clear, tangible way that would be easily implemented into their classrooms. Rachel Proctor, Administrative Director of EFS-assisted Center Neighborhood Christian Learning Center at Dallas stated that "the conference on Saturday was phenomenal. EFS...showed that childcare is a professional industry."

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