District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, Voices for Children of San Antonio, and Palo Alto College, will host District 4’s second annual Early Childhood Training and Resource Fair on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Palo Alto College’s Performing Arts Center. It’s an all-day event that will provide free training to child care and early education professionals who live and work in the District.
“There are more than 40 child care centers in District 4, as well as home care providers and family, friends and neighbors, who care for young children. The Early Childhood Training and Resource Fair is a way of improving the care that is available to our children in District 4 and ensuring the educational readiness of our youngest constituents,” said Councilman Saldaña.
The Early Childhood Training and Resource Fair was created last year in response to the State of Texas’ new education licensure requirements for child care centers and home care providers. In addition to credit hours, the event will provide free CEU’s to participants.
"The most effective thing city leaders can do to improve human capital and ultimately enhance the future of our city is to improve the education of children in their very earliest years,” said
Dr. Kathleen Fletcher, President and CEO of Voices for Children. “The quality of care and teaching they receive in their pre-school years will start them on a continuum of success in Pre-K, Kindergarten and throughout their school years. Councilman Saldaña has again stepped up to support the children in District 4. With the support of our City leaders, such as Councilman Saldaña, San Antonio can be a model for the rest of the country."
Voices for Children is a research and advocacy organization that focuses on the critical years of early childhood. Since District 4’s inaugural event, Voices for Children, has replicated the Early Childhood Training and Resource Fair in other City Council Districts.
“Palo Alto College is pleased to host this event for the second year. Education is paramount to the future of San Antonio, and this occurs during an exciting time while San Antonio becomes a national model in early childhood education,” said Dr. Mike Flores, president of Palo Alto College. “Palo Alto has a child care center that provides educational opportunities for preschoolers and we have an education degree program that prepares teachers, so we are committed to the children of San Antonio.”
Anyone who is interested in registering for this event may call (210) 431-7552 or visit voicessa.org