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Nearly 400 Childcare Providers to Learn New Practices, Celebrate 2018 Week of the Young Child at April 21st Early Childhood Conference



WACO, Texas - Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12, Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas Child Care Services, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program will celebrate the 2018 Week of the Young Child™ by hosting a professional development conference April 21, 2018. 

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.  The conference aims to improve school readiness for all children and childhood programs.

Nearly 400 early childhood educators from child care centers, home providers, area head start programs, and local schools will enjoy a full day of learning, networking and appreciation. The conference includes 24 breakout sessions, covering topics ranging from science to literacy to music to safety and to nutrition. See full program. 


  • Many sessions will have hands-on applications.
  • A music and movement session will cover how to use music to promote social and emotional skills in young children.
  • Participants will learn about creating with recycled and found materials.


Who: 375 early childhood staff

What: Week of the Young Child Conference

When: April 21, 2018  at 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Where: ESC Region 12, 2101 West Loop 340 in Waco, TX    

Please contact Teresa Chavez at 254-297-1134 or Rachel Page 254-297-1129 for more information. 


Showcase to Feature Artistic Talents of Central Texas Students in Education Service Center and through Augmented Reality Technology


An Evening of Art Invitation

WACO, Texas- Where can one find and learn about nearly 200 original works of art from 185 elementary, middle and high school students? Art ranging from pastels to chalk to illustrations to watercolor and photography is now on display at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12. 

The center will honor these young artists and showcase their talents during “An Evening of Art” from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at ESC Region 12, 2101 W. Loop 340, Waco. Participants will be welcomed by the Robinson High School Flute Ensemble. 

In addition to recognizing students and their teachers, the showcase will include a new, interactive component that will share more than just the artist’s name and school district for art pieces. During the gallery walk, participants will be invited to see and hear students’ thoughts about their work by using an augmented reality app with their smart phone or device. 

Incorporating this type of technology is an example of the center’s commitment to their TransformED initiative to model modern learning tools and teaching methods to area educators and school personnel. 

“The Art Gala is an opportunity for educators, families and the community to celebrate talented young artists from across the region,” said Education Specialist Larissa Mezynski, who is also serving as event coordinator. “Displaying student art is a powerful way to foster students’ enthusiasm in learning to use their skills to represent themselves and their school well, while connecting with and investing in their community.”

Participating students are from the below schools:

  • Academy ISD
  • Blooming Grove ISD
  • Chilton ISD
  • China Spring ISD
  • Connally ISD
  • Corsicana ISD
  • EOAC Waco Charter School
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Hillsboro ISD
  • Hubbard ISD
  • Itasca ISD
  • La Vega ISD
  • McGregor ISD
  • Mexia ISD
  • Midway ISD
  • Rapoport Academy
  • Riesel ISD
  • Robinson ISD
  • Rogers ISD
  • Rosebud-Lott ISD
  • Teague ISD
  • Troy ISD
  • Valley Mills ISD
  • Whitney ISD
  • Wortham ISD

“We are pleased to showcase the exceptional, creative talents of our Central Texas elementary, middle and high school students to the hundreds of visitors to the center every week,” said Jerry Maze, Ed.D., ESC Region 12’s executive director. “Their work sparks many conversations among visitors and we welcome any opportunity to highlight area students.

The artwork will be on display for two to three years and will also be featured in center publications as well as their website. 

April 12th Training Brings Area Businesses Together to Host Educator Session on Awareness, Prevention & Intervention of Human Trafficking

WACO, Texas– Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 and partnering agencies, the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition, UnBound, and the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, are hosting a training to present the signs and symptoms of Human Trafficking, as well as preventative and intervention best practices to protect children. Practices will pertain to academic, behavioral, physical, emotional and social indicators.

Human Trafficking can occur anywhere, regardless of the community or school size, demographic or any other identifiable factor. An estimated 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking every year in the U.S. The highest targeted age group of students is between 12- and 16-year-olds.

“We are committed to supporting schools and these groups in their efforts to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. By partnering, we can increase awareness and intervention practices in education to achieve this goal,” said Jeni Janek, Education Specialist at ESC Region 12.

Who: Nearly 60 participants (educators, school personnel and community members)

Where: ESC Region 12, 2101 W Loop 340, Waco, TX 76712

When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, April 12

More than 30 Schools Registered for April 11th Educator Job Fair

WACO, Texas – Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 will host the 24th Annual Central Texas Educator Job Fair from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at ESC Region 12, 2101 West Loop 340, in Waco. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with school representatives from 31 school districts and charter schools.

The job fair is open to anyone seeking a job in education, including administrators, teachers, counselors, diagnosticians, superintendents, principals and support staff. The event will also provide information to individuals who are interested in working in education.

“This is a great opportunity for present teachers to explore new opportunities and for graduating students to get connected in the education arena,” said Larry Robinson, ESC Region 12 human resources director. “We will have schools from across the region, which includes 12 counties.”

The job fair is free and registration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume. To view job openings, visit

Participating Schools:

  • Abbott
  • Aquilla
  • Belton
  • Clifton
  • Connally
  • Coolidge
  • EOAC Waco Charter
  • Evant
  • Gatesville
  • Harmony Academy
  • Hillsboro
  • Hubbard
  • Jarrell
  • Killeen
  • La Vega
  • Lorena
  • Malone
  • Mart
  • Marlin
  • Mexia
  • Midway
  • Moody
  • Mount Calm
  • Mullin
  • Penelope
  • Riesel
  • Robinson
  • Rosebud Lott
  • Temple
  • Troy
  • University Charter
  • Valley Mills
  • Waco
  • Whitney

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