Greetings LAECA Members!

It is with great pleasure once again we provide you with outstanding resources. I hope that you had a restful summer and are ready to get back into the joys of educating Louisiana's little children. We have to remember that no matter the capacity in which we work with children we must remember to rest and take care of ourselves and our own families and friends.

We are hoping that you are able to take time from your demanding schedule to join us for our 49th Annual Fall Conference October 23-24, 2015. Once again it will be held in Alexandria at the Sai Convention Center on MacArthur Dive. This year's theme is "Find the Treasure in Young Children". Kim Hughes from Conscious Discipline will serve as our keynoter. Kim has been in the field of early childhood for over 30 years - as a teacher and administrator. We are welcoming Johnette Downing as our musical featured speaker. She is the multi award winning musician/writer whose albums have received nationally recognized honors. Her presentations are music-filled and motivational, but more importantly, informative and full of fun ideas educators and caregivers can use in their classrooms and centers. Thursday evening before the conference, we will have the pleasure to enjoy a fun filled Make and Take with Laura Chestnut and Emily Williamson, two of our dedicated board members. (Please remember to register for this early to obtain your spot, don't let this session fill up without you.) You will find a registration form and more information in this issue. I also encourage you to visit our website LAECA.ORG for updates as they become available. You will also find information on our Facebook page (Louisiana Early Childhood Association) Please visit and like us soon!

I also wish to remind you that there is still time to apply for several of the scholarships and mini grants. Please make sure you follow all the guidelines and requirements when filling out the applications. We simply love presenting "free money" to early childhood caregivers, teachers, and students.

Finally, thumbs up to Martha Garner, our editor, and to all who submitted articles for this issue. May you enjoy this issue of Collaborations on the topic of diversity and the many other resources within its pages. See you in October!

Michelle Joubert
LAECA President