60 pippa.io Early Childhood Journeys http://earlychildhoodjourneys.com/ en Early Childhood Journeys was created and produced by Marissa herself. She's so talented! Support this labor of love and share the feed. Valentina says Hi. kindergarten, teachers, marissa calderon, early childhood journeys, classroom, social emotional, classroom environment, DAP, whole child, NAEYC , infant, toddler, preschool Marissa Calderón Capturing the zen journey of early childhood educators and advocates Join host and a First Things First Champion for Young Children recipient, Marissa Calderón as she captures the zen journey of educators and advocates alike by highlighting their work through interviews and candid conversations, including best practices in the early education field.

A practical listen and brain nugget for the early education practitioner, child advocate and the community alike. 

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Join host and a First Things First Champion for Young Children recipient, Marissa Calderón as she captures the zen journey of educators and advocates alike by highlighting their work through interviews and candid conversations, including best practices in the early education field.

A practical listen and brain nugget for the early education practitioner, child advocate and the community alike. 

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no Marissa Calderón info+595a93550f4d4b07397a74a4@mg.pippa.io episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/595a93550f4d4b07397a74a4/1536805935002-7fec33a11e06dabf3a169fac86330adc.jpeg http://earlychildhoodjourneys.com/ Early Childhood Journeys <![CDATA[Ep. 42 Talking Autism with Dad & Comic Book Creator Led Bradshaw]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:09:52 GMT 30:38 5c0555502d2d62413e510437 yes https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-42-talking-autism-with-dad-comic-book-creator-led-bradsha Led Bradshaw creator of Jetpulse Comics full 2 42 Episode 42 is with comic book artist and creator of Jetpulse Comics, Led Bradshaw. Led is also dad to his 8 year old son, Jake who is on the autism spectrum and the inspiration of his phenomenal comic book hero Jake Jetpulse. In this conversation with host, Marissa Calderón, they discuss parenting, how his son Jake created the initial character of the comics through his drawings and how dad Led created superhero flashcards and later comic book stories to encouraged his son to improve his engagement at school.


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


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Episode 42 is with comic book artist and creator of Jetpulse Comics, Led Bradshaw. Led is also dad to his 8 year old son, Jake who is on the autism spectrum and the inspiration of his phenomenal comic book hero Jake Jetpulse. In this conversation with host, Marissa Calderón, they discuss parenting, how his son Jake created the initial character of the comics through his drawings and how dad Led created superhero flashcards and later comic book stories to encouraged his son to improve his engagement at school.


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


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<![CDATA[Ep. 41 Alebrijes & 21st Century Skills ]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:46:06 GMT 8:36 5bf2400e3c5371221ebc9e46 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-41-alebrijes-21st-century-skills full 2 41 Episode 41 with host Marissa Calderón reflecting on an upcoming blog post, soon to be released on the Mexican art of Alebrijes. She provides some guides on how to connect students interest authentically while incorporating 21st Century Skills in the classroom.


For the full blog post on lesson guides for Alebrijes & 21st Century Skills in the Early Childhood classroom and to learn more, visit the website at, earlychildhoodjourneys.com .



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Episode 41 with host Marissa Calderón reflecting on an upcoming blog post, soon to be released on the Mexican art of Alebrijes. She provides some guides on how to connect students interest authentically while incorporating 21st Century Skills in the classroom.


For the full blog post on lesson guides for Alebrijes & 21st Century Skills in the Early Childhood classroom and to learn more, visit the website at, earlychildhoodjourneys.com .



Intro and Outro Music track is called Lemon Tea from GYVUS and in podcast track is called, Canals by Joakim Karud provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazzhop and triphop music and connecting people.

Used with permission and creative commons.

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Ep. 40 Birth to Five Helpline, Senior Program Manager, Ana Arbel Ep. 40 Birth to Five Helpline, Senior Program Manager, Ana Arbel Mon, 05 Nov 2018 06:18:22 GMT 22:13 5bdfe0ae1b701707663e5395 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-40-birth-to-five-helpline-senior-program-manager-ana-arbe Senior Program Manager for Southwest Human Developments, Birth to Five Helpline, Ana Arbel full 2 40 Ep. 40 with Ana Arbel from Arizona's Southwest Human Development, Birth to Five Helpline. Ana talks about the toll-free hotline for parents of children birth to five, describing it as having a professional friend... who is well-informed and trained in all things Child Development and keeps your conversation confidential!

The hotline is toll-free AND multilingual including in Spanish. Ana is the Bilingual Senior Program Manager of the program and provides host Marissa with valuable advice for parents and for early childhood classroom teachers.


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazz hop and trip hop music and connecting people.

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Ep. 40 with Ana Arbel from Arizona's Southwest Human Development, Birth to Five Helpline. Ana talks about the toll-free hotline for parents of children birth to five, describing it as having a professional friend... who is well-informed and trained in all things Child Development and keeps your conversation confidential!

The hotline is toll-free AND multilingual including in Spanish. Ana is the Bilingual Senior Program Manager of the program and provides host Marissa with valuable advice for parents and for early childhood classroom teachers.


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazz hop and trip hop music and connecting people.

Used with permission and creative commons.

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Ep. 39 Early Childhood Development Home Visitor Specialist, Marissa Flores Ep. 39 Early Childhood Development Home Visitor Specialist, Marissa Flores Mon, 22 Oct 2018 02:45:39 GMT 18:39 5bcd39d3f4c7e052081745ba no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-39-early-childhood-development-home-visitor-marissa-flore Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation Parent Educator and Home Visitor Specialist, Marissa Flores full 2 39 Ep. 39 is with Marissa Flores from the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Community, Education Division's Early Childhood department. Marissa is a parent educator and Home Visiting Specialist, serving families on the FMYN. Host, Marissa Calderón chats with Marissa Flores about her role on the nation, living with her 8 siblings, being raised by her mom and starting the position of supporting parents with children birth to 3 years old.


Learn more about the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and community services provided here.

Contact Marissa Flores at her email here.


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazzhop and triphop music and connecting people.

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Ep. 39 is with Marissa Flores from the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Community, Education Division's Early Childhood department. Marissa is a parent educator and Home Visiting Specialist, serving families on the FMYN. Host, Marissa Calderón chats with Marissa Flores about her role on the nation, living with her 8 siblings, being raised by her mom and starting the position of supporting parents with children birth to 3 years old.


Learn more about the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and community services provided here.

Contact Marissa Flores at her email here.


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazzhop and triphop music and connecting people.

Used with permission and creative commons.

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<![CDATA[Ep. 38 Hispanic Heritage Month with Mom & Candidate Raquel Terán]]> Sun, 07 Oct 2018 15:23:57 GMT 26:44 5bba250de5abf8ab56c56d12 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-38-hispanic-heritage-month-with-mom-candidate-raquel-tern full 2 38 Episode 38 with Legislative District 30 Arizona Candidate, Raquel Terán chats with host and past colleague, Marissa. Raquel shares her foundation in early education when she first started years ago in the classroom, then to roles in the early childhood sector and now at Planned Parenthood in Arizona. As a wife, a mom of a toddler and now a local candidate for Arizona's House of Representatives, she passionately shares about her journey as a vocal advocate for Arizona families including our Latino communities and the importance of voting.


"Nearly 50% – approximately 700,000 – of all K-12 students in Arizona are Latino, yet only 3 of the 30 board members is Latino. More than 25% of the governor-appointed board members on the three boards have terms that have already, or will soon, expire."

Learn more about the lack of representation here.


Learn more about Raquel Terán here.

Register to vote in Arizona at: servicearizona.com


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


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Episode 38 with Legislative District 30 Arizona Candidate, Raquel Terán chats with host and past colleague, Marissa. Raquel shares her foundation in early education when she first started years ago in the classroom, then to roles in the early childhood sector and now at Planned Parenthood in Arizona. As a wife, a mom of a toddler and now a local candidate for Arizona's House of Representatives, she passionately shares about her journey as a vocal advocate for Arizona families including our Latino communities and the importance of voting.


"Nearly 50% – approximately 700,000 – of all K-12 students in Arizona are Latino, yet only 3 of the 30 board members is Latino. More than 25% of the governor-appointed board members on the three boards have terms that have already, or will soon, expire."

Learn more about the lack of representation here.


Learn more about Raquel Terán here.

Register to vote in Arizona at: servicearizona.com


Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazzhop and triphop music and connecting people.

Used with permission and creative commons.

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<![CDATA[Ep. 37 Honoring Hispanic & Latin American Heritage with Guest Erika Argueta]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:28:41 GMT 27:20 5ba859e9fd7395f86361fd0f no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-37-honoring-hispanic-latin-american-heritage-with-guest-e full 2 37 Episode 37 is in celebration of a fellow Latina Educator for Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month, Erika Argueta. Erika is a Bilingual Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Unit's Program Specialist for Yuma, La Paz and Mohave County, and a bit of Maricopa County too! Erika talks about the work that the Early Childhood Unit does, her role in Arizona as well as her early childhood journey as a migrant farm worker before she started in the early childhood field. Arizona has a growing Latino population and that includes many migrant families that pick our food whose children are enrolled in various early childhood programs and AZ school districts.

#HispanicHeritageMonth


Learn more about the Arizona's Early Childhood Unit here.

Connect with Erika via email at: erika.argueta@azed.gov

Resources on Hispanic Heritage Month via the #LatinasInED page here.

Resource from Colorin Colorado to help migrant students succeed here.


Support the podcast by visiting our Patreon Page here.

Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is

called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to

finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazzhop and triphop music and

connecting people.

Used with permission and creative commons.

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Episode 37 is in celebration of a fellow Latina Educator for Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month, Erika Argueta. Erika is a Bilingual Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Unit's Program Specialist for Yuma, La Paz and Mohave County, and a bit of Maricopa County too! Erika talks about the work that the Early Childhood Unit does, her role in Arizona as well as her early childhood journey as a migrant farm worker before she started in the early childhood field. Arizona has a growing Latino population and that includes many migrant families that pick our food whose children are enrolled in various early childhood programs and AZ school districts.

#HispanicHeritageMonth


Learn more about the Arizona's Early Childhood Unit here.

Connect with Erika via email at: erika.argueta@azed.gov

Resources on Hispanic Heritage Month via the #LatinasInED page here.

Resource from Colorin Colorado to help migrant students succeed here.


Support the podcast by visiting our Patreon Page here.

Connect with host, Marissa and the Early Childhood Journeys podcast at: earlychildhoodjourneys.com


Music track is

called Lemon Tea from GYVUS provided by Chillhop Music, a platform dedicated to

finding and sharing the best chilled hiphop, jazzhop and triphop music and

connecting people.

Used with permission and creative commons.

More by Chillhop:

http://chillhop.com/listen

GYVUS - Weekend:

http://soundcloud.com/gyvus

Listen on Spotify:

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<![CDATA[Ep. 36 A Sister Turned Foster Care Mom & Hero, Jessica Hipskind]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:56:58 GMT 27:51 5b974b1afc659c5753d2ea8f no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-26-a-sister-turned-foster-care-mom-hero-jessica-hipskind Foster Care Mom Jessica Hipskind full 2 36 Ep. 36 host Marissa Calderón has a conversation with Jessica Hipskind, a newly found foster care mom to her young 7 year old sister after a tragic death occurs in their family. Get ready to be inspired, meet a new hero, and grab some tissue for some possible tears too!

Excerpt: "Take your whole family to the special needs classes...so that your whole family gets well versed into this new life with special needs..."

For more about Raising Special Kids visit their website here.

To connect with Jessica Hipskind, follow her on Twitter at @HipskindJessica.

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Ep. 36 host Marissa Calderón has a conversation with Jessica Hipskind, a newly found foster care mom to her young 7 year old sister after a tragic death occurs in their family. Get ready to be inspired, meet a new hero, and grab some tissue for some possible tears too!

Excerpt: "Take your whole family to the special needs classes...so that your whole family gets well versed into this new life with special needs..."

For more about Raising Special Kids visit their website here.

To connect with Jessica Hipskind, follow her on Twitter at @HipskindJessica.

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Ep. 35 Participant Reflections from the First Things First Early Childhood Summit Ep. 35 Participant Reflections from the First Things First Early Childhood Summit Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:05:58 GMT 15:05 5b8734e69e4e75f1461834fb no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-35-participant-reflections-from-the-first-things-first-ea FTF Early Childhood Summit Participants Elsa Bonilla and Stefany Paredes full 2 35 Episode 35 pre-recorded LIVE from the AZ First Things First Early Childhood Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center with participants Elsa Bonilla and daughter Stefany Paredes. Host Marissa Calderón chats with them after the conference for their summit reflections including how they will use the content in their practice.


Connect with Elsa Bonilla, a ECE COP Coordinator and FTF Regional Partner Council Member from the the Tohono O'odham Community College at: www.ece4tocc.org and email at ebonilla@tocc.edu.


Connect with Stefany Paredes, North Pima Regional Partnership Council Member and Infant Lead Teacher at: stefparedes97@gmail.com

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Episode 35 pre-recorded LIVE from the AZ First Things First Early Childhood Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center with participants Elsa Bonilla and daughter Stefany Paredes. Host Marissa Calderón chats with them after the conference for their summit reflections including how they will use the content in their practice.


Connect with Elsa Bonilla, a ECE COP Coordinator and FTF Regional Partner Council Member from the the Tohono O'odham Community College at: www.ece4tocc.org and email at ebonilla@tocc.edu.


Connect with Stefany Paredes, North Pima Regional Partnership Council Member and Infant Lead Teacher at: stefparedes97@gmail.com

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Ep. 34 Christopher Lawrence with Teaching Strategies Ep. 34 Christopher Lawrence with Teaching Strategies Sun, 26 Aug 2018 06:52:41 GMT 26:41 5b824e392205edb71deead21 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-34-christopher-lawrence-with-teaching-strategies Christopher Lawrence and the Importance of the Male Early Childhood Teacher full 2 34 Ep. 34 host, Marissa Calderón chats with Christopher Lawrence from Teaching Strategies, a curriculum for Early Childhood Educators for Birth through 3rd grade. Christopher and Marissa chat about his practice, family and the importance of the male early childhood teacher including the common misconceptions about their role in the classroom.


Connect with Christopher via email at: Christopher.L@teachingstrategies.com

Learn more about Teaching Strategies here.

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Ep. 34 host, Marissa Calderón chats with Christopher Lawrence from Teaching Strategies, a curriculum for Early Childhood Educators for Birth through 3rd grade. Christopher and Marissa chat about his practice, family and the importance of the male early childhood teacher including the common misconceptions about their role in the classroom.


Connect with Christopher via email at: Christopher.L@teachingstrategies.com

Learn more about Teaching Strategies here.

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<![CDATA[Bonus Episode: #LatinasInEd & K-12 Teacher Representation ]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:08:22 GMT 32:04 5b784476d04f91034ec3509d yes https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/bonus-episode-latinasined-k-12-teacher-representation full 2 Bonus Episode with host Marissa Calderón and Carla Rivera-Cruz from the EDphiphany Podcast. Carla and Marissa chat about the #LatinasInED upcoming twitter chat, being Latina Educators and lack of representation of classroom teachers in the K-12 space over some bomb-ass Tequila in the beautiful Studio 85 Podcast Studios in Peoria, AZ.

Warning: curse words are said in this episode!


To book a FREE podcast session at the Studio 85 studios, connect with Joe Anderson here.

To learn more about Carla Rivera-Cruz check out her website here.

To follow the #LatinasInED twitter chat go here.

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Bonus Episode with host Marissa Calderón and Carla Rivera-Cruz from the EDphiphany Podcast. Carla and Marissa chat about the #LatinasInED upcoming twitter chat, being Latina Educators and lack of representation of classroom teachers in the K-12 space over some bomb-ass Tequila in the beautiful Studio 85 Podcast Studios in Peoria, AZ.

Warning: curse words are said in this episode!


To book a FREE podcast session at the Studio 85 studios, connect with Joe Anderson here.

To learn more about Carla Rivera-Cruz check out her website here.

To follow the #LatinasInED twitter chat go here.

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Ep. 33 Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford Ep. 33 Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford Tue, 07 Aug 2018 04:31:42 GMT 11:34 5b6920ae49a6955f7786567f no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-33-treasures-4-teachers-tucson-director-adrienne-ledford T4T Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford full 2 33 Episode 33 of Season 2! Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón is joined by Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford. They chat about this 100% volunteer run non-profit teacher resource and how they also provide a high-school volunteer job program for Special Ed youth.

More about all the good things this Tucson gem provides visit their website at: T4Teachers.org

Check them out on Facebook and on Instagram.

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Episode 33 of Season 2! Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón is joined by Treasures 4 Teachers Tucson Director Adrienne Ledford. They chat about this 100% volunteer run non-profit teacher resource and how they also provide a high-school volunteer job program for Special Ed youth.

More about all the good things this Tucson gem provides visit their website at: T4Teachers.org

Check them out on Facebook and on Instagram.

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Ep. 32 Elena Estrada-A Special Ed Teachers Journey Ep. 32 Elena Estrada-A Special Ed Teachers Journey Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:43:38 GMT 20:52 5b4c4328d399406e05d3e6f0 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-32-elena-estrada-a-special-ed-teachers-journey Elena Estrada on Teaching Developmental Pre-K and Parenting full 2 32 Episode 32 with Developmental Pre-K Educator Elena Estrada. This episode was recorded at Los Reyes de La Torta in Tempe, AZ so you'll hear some background audio from the location.

Elena works as an Educator with Isaac School District in Phoenix AZ where she supervises and supports preschool children and their families who have a preschool age child with special needs. Many insights on what this looks like for teachers in the classroom as well as for the community on the importance of having these resources for families of children with a diagnosis.


Have questions about Developmental Pre-K or Parent Workshops? Contact Elena Estrada here.

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Episode 32 with Developmental Pre-K Educator Elena Estrada. This episode was recorded at Los Reyes de La Torta in Tempe, AZ so you'll hear some background audio from the location.

Elena works as an Educator with Isaac School District in Phoenix AZ where she supervises and supports preschool children and their families who have a preschool age child with special needs. Many insights on what this looks like for teachers in the classroom as well as for the community on the importance of having these resources for families of children with a diagnosis.


Have questions about Developmental Pre-K or Parent Workshops? Contact Elena Estrada here.

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Ep. 31 Al Pajak on STEM Ep. 31 Al Pajak on STEM Thu, 28 Jun 2018 20:28:09 GMT 21:19 5b3544d9c4073e1f2466c269 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-31-al-pajak-on-stem Teach Like A Scientist! full 2 31 Ep. 30 with Al Pajak from STEM Nation, a former Vertebrate Paleontologist AKA a working scientist...Al shares his experience as a past classroom teacher and his new journey as a PH.D student in the science field. Al also provides STEM workshops and trainings for K-12 grade classrooms and stresses the importance of student-driven learning and trusting your students!


Connect with Al Pajak via email at: stems.nation@gmail.com

Al Pajak on Twitter

More about the Virtual Curation Laboratory blogpost here.

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Ep. 30 with Al Pajak from STEM Nation, a former Vertebrate Paleontologist AKA a working scientist...Al shares his experience as a past classroom teacher and his new journey as a PH.D student in the science field. Al also provides STEM workshops and trainings for K-12 grade classrooms and stresses the importance of student-driven learning and trusting your students!


Connect with Al Pajak via email at: stems.nation@gmail.com

Al Pajak on Twitter

More about the Virtual Curation Laboratory blogpost here.

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Ep. 30 Summer Time For Teachers Ep. 30 Summer Time For Teachers Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:05:24 GMT 22:12 5b18af043fc418e5663fa627 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-30-summer-time-for-teachers ELL Kindergarten Teacher Deb Guerrero full Podcast host, Marissa Calderón chats with Bilingual ELL Kindergarten Teacher Deb Guerrero from Yuma, AZ. Discussion includes the typical summer time teacher prep work, teacher wellness and teacher self care tips for incoming new teachers. Great info for parents and those not familiar with background work teachers complete to prepare themselves and for their students. Podcast host, Marissa Calderón chats with Bilingual ELL Kindergarten Teacher Deb Guerrero from Yuma, AZ. Discussion includes the typical summer time teacher prep work, teacher wellness and teacher self care tips for incoming new teachers. Great info for parents and those not familiar with background work teachers complete to prepare themselves and for their students. Ep. 29: #RedforEd Reflections with a Kindergarten Teacher Ep. 29: #RedforEd Reflections with a Kindergarten Teacher Thu, 03 May 2018 22:54:11 GMT 14:30 5aeb931342e91ef36b23128e no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-29-redfored-reflections-with-a-kindergarten-teacher Kinder Teacher Lauren Harness Reflects on #RedforEd full 2 29 Ep. 29: Host Marissa Calderón is joined by Lauren Harness, Kindergarten Teacher for Mesa Public Schools on her experience and reflections during the #RedforEd movement in Arizona. Ep. 29: Host Marissa Calderón is joined by Lauren Harness, Kindergarten Teacher for Mesa Public Schools on her experience and reflections during the #RedforEd movement in Arizona. Crónicas Chilindrinas #2: Guadalupe Valenzuela Crónicas Chilindrinas #2: Guadalupe Valenzuela Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:01:00 GMT 6:57 5adcb52a4dc900b32d0f3841 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/crnicas-chilindrinas-2-guadalupe-valenzuela Crónicas Chilindrinas #2 con Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil en el Hogar Guadalupe Valenzuela full Spanish Segment: Crónicas Chilindrinas Segmento #2 con Guadalupe Valenzuela, Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil de Hogar y participante de la beca llamado PDG o el Preschool Development Grant de Arizona. Platicamos con ella durante la conferencia en Yuma, AZ para Educadores del Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad patrocinado por AZ PBS y First Things First. Nos comparte sus reflexiones como Educadora Prescolar. Spanish Segment: Crónicas Chilindrinas Segmento #2 con Guadalupe Valenzuela, Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil de Hogar y participante de la beca llamado PDG o el Preschool Development Grant de Arizona. Platicamos con ella durante la conferencia en Yuma, AZ para Educadores del Aprendizaje a Temprana Edad patrocinado por AZ PBS y First Things First. Nos comparte sus reflexiones como Educadora Prescolar. Episode 28: Michael Gaffney from AZ PBS Education Outreach Episode 28: Michael Gaffney from AZ PBS Education Outreach Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:23:37 GMT 34:34 5ad9e9d84b7b3f235adbc976 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-28-michael-gaffney-from-az-pbs-education-outreach Michael Gaffney and the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry full 2 28 Episode 28 with Michael Gaffney a AZ PBS Regional Outreach Coordinator for the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry from AZ PBS Educational Outreach were he serves the White Mountains area of the state. Michael chats about how he landed his current position, parenting and how the registry provides scholarship opportunities for parents and the early childhood community to go back to school.

Podcast recorded on April 12th on the day of the Kindergarten Readiness Event hosted by Sequoia Village School in Show Low, AZ.


More about the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry click here.

Connect with Michael Gaffney through his email at: michael.j.gaffney@asu.edu




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Episode 28 with Michael Gaffney a AZ PBS Regional Outreach Coordinator for the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry from AZ PBS Educational Outreach were he serves the White Mountains area of the state. Michael chats about how he landed his current position, parenting and how the registry provides scholarship opportunities for parents and the early childhood community to go back to school.

Podcast recorded on April 12th on the day of the Kindergarten Readiness Event hosted by Sequoia Village School in Show Low, AZ.


More about the AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry click here.

Connect with Michael Gaffney through his email at: michael.j.gaffney@asu.edu




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Bonus Episode: Show Low Kindergarten Readiness Event Bonus Episode: Show Low Kindergarten Readiness Event Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:13:17 GMT 9:11 5ad1398daaae09363f6ecae6 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/bonus-episode-show-low-kindergarten-readiness-event Sequoia Village School teachers Heather Grey, Amanda Luptak and Kristen Orton full 2 Special Bonus Episode with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers Heather Grey, Amanda Luptak and Kristen Orton from Sequoia Village School in Show Low Arizona discussing their Kindergarten Readiness Regional Event held on April 12th for kinder bound kids and their families.

The event included several regional Early Childhood partners as well as health, safety and wellness community agencies.


More info about this event, connect with Sequoia Village School here.

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Special Bonus Episode with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers Heather Grey, Amanda Luptak and Kristen Orton from Sequoia Village School in Show Low Arizona discussing their Kindergarten Readiness Regional Event held on April 12th for kinder bound kids and their families.

The event included several regional Early Childhood partners as well as health, safety and wellness community agencies.


More info about this event, connect with Sequoia Village School here.

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Episode 27: The Sub Chat w/ Kara Lyn Curtis Episode 27: The Sub Chat w/ Kara Lyn Curtis Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:39:41 GMT 13:39 5ac3f49dc69dfe225ffef4e0 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-27-the-sub-chat-w-kara-lyn-curtis K-6 Teacher Kara Lyn Curtis full 2 27 Episode 26: Juliana Panqueva Camargo Episode 26: Juliana Panqueva Camargo Thu, 29 Mar 2018 22:11:06 GMT 29:30 5abd6479dd30d7a452caa925 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-26-juliana-panqueva-camargo Crónicas Chilindrinas #1: Platica de Mamás con Juliana y Marissa full 2 12 Podcast 26 es en ESPANOL! Mamá y Especialista de Finanzas con el Departamento de Educación de Arizona, invitada Juliana Panqueva Camargo y anfritióna de podcast, Marissa Calderón platican sobre los comportamientos de sus hijos y dan sugerencias.

Este show es parte de los segmentos en Español de Crónicas Chilindrinas.


Más sobre el grupo de Crónicas Chilindrinas y el grupo en Facebook, haga click aqui.

El libro, Easy to Love, Hard to Discipline en Español (Edúquelos Con Amor) aqui.

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Podcast 26 es en ESPANOL! Mamá y Especialista de Finanzas con el Departamento de Educación de Arizona, invitada Juliana Panqueva Camargo y anfritióna de podcast, Marissa Calderón platican sobre los comportamientos de sus hijos y dan sugerencias.

Este show es parte de los segmentos en Español de Crónicas Chilindrinas.


Más sobre el grupo de Crónicas Chilindrinas y el grupo en Facebook, haga click aqui.

El libro, Easy to Love, Hard to Discipline en Español (Edúquelos Con Amor) aqui.

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Episode 25: Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First Episode 25: Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First Tue, 06 Mar 2018 03:55:30 GMT 39:20 5a9e11337c2bcfef5db025f4 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-25-susana-ibarra-johnson-from-first-things-first Susana Ibarra-Johnson, Community Outreach Coordinator full 2 25 Episode 25 with Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First in Arizona. Susana is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region of Maricopa County. Susana shares her personal background, journey in helping and connecting with families and underserved communities as well as insights for parents of children birth through 5. You don't have to be a parent to understand the importance of early childhood in our state and this podcast episode shares many reasons why.


To learn more about Susana Ibarra-Johnson, email her at: sibarra@firstthingsfirst.org

To learn more about First Things First and all their programs for families including the health and education programs they fund, visit their website at: firsthingsfirst.org

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Episode 25 with Susana Ibarra-Johnson from First Things First in Arizona. Susana is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region of Maricopa County. Susana shares her personal background, journey in helping and connecting with families and underserved communities as well as insights for parents of children birth through 5. You don't have to be a parent to understand the importance of early childhood in our state and this podcast episode shares many reasons why.


To learn more about Susana Ibarra-Johnson, email her at: sibarra@firstthingsfirst.org

To learn more about First Things First and all their programs for families including the health and education programs they fund, visit their website at: firsthingsfirst.org

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Ep. 24: Special Guest Host Vincent Orleck interviews Marissa Ep. 24: Special Guest Host Vincent Orleck interviews Marissa Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:28:58 GMT 49:38 5a92c82a8aae1be6484ba4b5 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-24-special-guest-host-vincent-orleck-interviews-marissa Podcasting and Early Childhood LIVE from PHX Startup Week full Episode 24 with guest host, Vincent Orleck Social Media Director with Attic Salt interviews Marissa Calderón LIVE from PHX Startup Week. Podcast recorded from the ZCast Popup Podcast Studio courtesy of #yesphx. Talking Early Childhood, tech, parenting and the joy of podcasts.

For more about the appropriate use of technology with young children visit the Fred Rogers Center here.

More about Vincent Orleck visit here.

More about Attic Salt visit here.

More about the most generous community for startups and entrepreneurs #yesphx here.

Learn more about PHX Startup Week here.




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Episode 24 with guest host, Vincent Orleck Social Media Director with Attic Salt interviews Marissa Calderón LIVE from PHX Startup Week. Podcast recorded from the ZCast Popup Podcast Studio courtesy of #yesphx. Talking Early Childhood, tech, parenting and the joy of podcasts.

For more about the appropriate use of technology with young children visit the Fred Rogers Center here.

More about Vincent Orleck visit here.

More about Attic Salt visit here.

More about the most generous community for startups and entrepreneurs #yesphx here.

Learn more about PHX Startup Week here.




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<![CDATA[Episode 23: HS Educator & Ed Consultant Carla Rivera-Cruz]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:15:00 GMT 42:20 5a8e43c4d441174b10dbc345 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-23-hs-educator-carla-rivera-crus Carla Rivera-Cruz from CRC Ed Services full 2 23 Episode 23 recorded LIVE from PHX Startup Week at Basecamp at the George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center in Phoenix with guest, Carla Rivera-Cruz. Carla is a High School Educator and Ed Consultant. Podcast recorded with the assistance of ZCast with podcast tech, Raz! #phxstartupweek #yesphx


More about Carla and her CRC Ed Services, LLC here.

More about ZCast podcasting service here.

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Episode 23 recorded LIVE from PHX Startup Week at Basecamp at the George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center in Phoenix with guest, Carla Rivera-Cruz. Carla is a High School Educator and Ed Consultant. Podcast recorded with the assistance of ZCast with podcast tech, Raz! #phxstartupweek #yesphx


More about Carla and her CRC Ed Services, LLC here.

More about ZCast podcasting service here.

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Episode 22: Reading Interventionist Catherine Norwood Episode 22: Reading Interventionist Catherine Norwood Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:09:06 GMT 35:21 5a790032932f5a434198f168 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-22-reading-interventionist-catherine-norwood Catherine Norwood from Mesa Public Schools full 2 22 Episode 21: Jessica Beresford from Father Matters Episode 21: Jessica Beresford from Father Matters Wed, 24 Jan 2018 04:39:23 GMT 23:56 5a680dfb6ffa18c35c2f6c07 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-21-jessica-beresford-from-father-matters Dir. of Operations with Father Matters Jessica Beresford full 2 21 Episode 21 with Jessica Beresford, Director of Operations with Father Matters based out of South Phoenix. Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón sits down with Jessica to have a candid conversation about the services Father Matters provides, common misconceptions about the agency, parenting talk and the importance of supporting people of color.


More info about Father Matters visit their website here.

More info about Jessica Beresford, contact her at jessica@fathermatters.org


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Episode 21 with Jessica Beresford, Director of Operations with Father Matters based out of South Phoenix. Podcast Host, Marissa Calderón sits down with Jessica to have a candid conversation about the services Father Matters provides, common misconceptions about the agency, parenting talk and the importance of supporting people of color.


More info about Father Matters visit their website here.

More info about Jessica Beresford, contact her at jessica@fathermatters.org


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Episode 20: Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness Episode 20: Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:34:00 GMT 25:38 5a598f04176260983784cbdf no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-20-kindergarten-teacher-lauren-harness Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness full 2 20 Episode 20 with Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness starts out the 2018 New Year with host Marissa Calderón. Lauren teaches out of Mesa, Arizona and shares her past experience starting as a new Kindergarten teacher, how she got administrator buy-in for her classroom setup and some candid stories about her teaching journey coming from New Mexico into a new school. Lots of laughs are heard and teacher advice is also shared! Episode 20 with Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Harness starts out the 2018 New Year with host Marissa Calderón. Lauren teaches out of Mesa, Arizona and shares her past experience starting as a new Kindergarten teacher, how she got administrator buy-in for her classroom setup and some candid stories about her teaching journey coming from New Mexico into a new school. Lots of laughs are heard and teacher advice is also shared! Episode 19: Amy Corriveau, City of Phx Head Start Director Episode 19: Amy Corriveau, City of Phx Head Start Director Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:16:28 GMT 31:09 5a42e65c756a31ac5264c01c no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-19-amy-corriveau-city-of-phx-head-start-director Amy Corriveau, Deputy Director of Human Services for the City of Phoenix full 1 19 Episode 19 with Amy Corriveau, the Deputy Human Services Director for City of Phoenix. Amy oversee the education components for Head Start Birth to Five Services for the city of Phoenix and sits down with host Marissa Calderón to talk about her journey in the field, how she started in the profession, advice for teachers and some holiday memories.


To learn more about the City of Phoenix including Head Start services please visit their website HERE.



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Episode 19 with Amy Corriveau, the Deputy Human Services Director for City of Phoenix. Amy oversee the education components for Head Start Birth to Five Services for the city of Phoenix and sits down with host Marissa Calderón to talk about her journey in the field, how she started in the profession, advice for teachers and some holiday memories.


To learn more about the City of Phoenix including Head Start services please visit their website HERE.



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Episode 18: Dr. Karen Ortiz and Helios Education Foundation Episode 18: Dr. Karen Ortiz and Helios Education Foundation Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT 23:12 5a385b95842aa2db36628c52 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-18-dr-karen-ortiz-and-helios-education-foundation Early Childhood Advocate Dr. Karen Ortiz full 18 Episode 18 with host Marissa Calderón is joined by Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President, Early Grade Success Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation. Dr. Ortiz shares her story on how she became involved in the early childhood field in Arizona, the power of parent advocacy, what Helios does in our communities and her role within it. Amongst her admirable work, Dr. Ortiz shares with the listeners the importance of following your dreams and aligning our work in a culturally sensitive manner to support families.


For all the amazing programs Helios Education Foundation supports and to learn more please visit them here.

To learn more about Dr. Karen Ortiz and her inspiring work in the Early Childhood field, click here.

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Episode 18 with host Marissa Calderón is joined by Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President, Early Grade Success Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation. Dr. Ortiz shares her story on how she became involved in the early childhood field in Arizona, the power of parent advocacy, what Helios does in our communities and her role within it. Amongst her admirable work, Dr. Ortiz shares with the listeners the importance of following your dreams and aligning our work in a culturally sensitive manner to support families.


For all the amazing programs Helios Education Foundation supports and to learn more please visit them here.

To learn more about Dr. Karen Ortiz and her inspiring work in the Early Childhood field, click here.

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Ep. 17: Co-Founder of TouchPoints, Child Advocate, Vicki Mayo Ep. 17: Co-Founder of TouchPoints, Child Advocate, Vicki Mayo Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:46:48 GMT 29:11 5a2ea8683f58b9fd6f51a5ac no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/ep-17-co-founder-of-touchpoints-child-advocate-vicki-mayo full 17 Episode 17 with Vicki Mayo, a foster and adoptive parent, child advocate and strong believer in reducing children's ACEs score. Vicki is the Co-Founder of the TouchPoints Solutions device that we like to refer to as a game-changing tool for parents and educators. A non-invasive neuroscientific wearable device that uses patent pending BLAST technology to relieve stress in as few as 30 seconds. Although not a sole substitute for providing children with more authentic intervention strategies or individualized teaching approaches, it's another tool for the parenting and educator toolbox. Learn more about Touchpoints and how many many parents and caregivers who have children on the spectrum have benefited from the wearable tool.


Learn more about Vicki Mayo.

Learn more about ACEs.


Consider a contribution to the podcast! Contribute here to bring more high quality conversations and highlight educators and advocates of Early Childhood.

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Episode 17 with Vicki Mayo, a foster and adoptive parent, child advocate and strong believer in reducing children's ACEs score. Vicki is the Co-Founder of the TouchPoints Solutions device that we like to refer to as a game-changing tool for parents and educators. A non-invasive neuroscientific wearable device that uses patent pending BLAST technology to relieve stress in as few as 30 seconds. Although not a sole substitute for providing children with more authentic intervention strategies or individualized teaching approaches, it's another tool for the parenting and educator toolbox. Learn more about Touchpoints and how many many parents and caregivers who have children on the spectrum have benefited from the wearable tool.


Learn more about Vicki Mayo.

Learn more about ACEs.


Consider a contribution to the podcast! Contribute here to bring more high quality conversations and highlight educators and advocates of Early Childhood.

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<![CDATA[Episode 16: AZ Dept of Education's Nicol Russell ]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:56:43 GMT 36:34 5a12ed2b6be3c71d7ef9fb3c no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-16-az-dept-of-educations-nicol-russell full 16 <![CDATA[Episode 15: Linda Pauley from AzAEYC & the AZToolKit ]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT 29:53 5a08c3b4d3baab027bf2db2b no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-15-linda-pauley-from-azaeyc-the-aztoolkit full 15 Episode 15 with Linda Pauley, Business Manager for the Arizona AEYC Board and the Director of the Early Learning Program at Risen Savior Preschool and Kindergarten, a faith-based Early Childhood NAEYC and Quality First Accredited Program. Linda discusses her life as a child care director and the AzAEYC Toolkit and the many benefits the toolkit provides for child care administrators. Linda shares her journey in the EC field and love for her work including tips on how to better support families and our educators at the admin level.


For more about Risen Savior located in South Chandler, AZ visit: http://www.rslcs.org/preschool/get-to-know-us/

For more about the many benefits and resources of the Arizona AEYC Toolkit visit: https://www.azaeyctoolkit.org/index.aspx

For more about AzAEYC and how to get involved visit: https://www.azaeyc.org/

For more about Quality First visit: http://www.qualityfirstaz.com/

For more about NAEYC, a national association visit: www.naeyc.org

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Episode 15 with Linda Pauley, Business Manager for the Arizona AEYC Board and the Director of the Early Learning Program at Risen Savior Preschool and Kindergarten, a faith-based Early Childhood NAEYC and Quality First Accredited Program. Linda discusses her life as a child care director and the AzAEYC Toolkit and the many benefits the toolkit provides for child care administrators. Linda shares her journey in the EC field and love for her work including tips on how to better support families and our educators at the admin level.


For more about Risen Savior located in South Chandler, AZ visit: http://www.rslcs.org/preschool/get-to-know-us/

For more about the many benefits and resources of the Arizona AEYC Toolkit visit: https://www.azaeyctoolkit.org/index.aspx

For more about AzAEYC and how to get involved visit: https://www.azaeyc.org/

For more about Quality First visit: http://www.qualityfirstaz.com/

For more about NAEYC, a national association visit: www.naeyc.org

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Episode 14: Arizona PBS and Lisa Cobb Episode 14: Arizona PBS and Lisa Cobb Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:40:00 GMT 29:17 59f5fa98c01a5a645964b1f0 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-14-arizona-pbs-chat-lisa-cobb AZ PBS Registry Chat with Lisa Cobb full 14 Episode 14: A conversation with Lisa Cobb from Arizona PBS Educational Outreach as a Regional Coordinator. Discussion regarding the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and the incentives and benefits including cash stipends for those who qualify to complete college course work and how to register was discussed. Lisa Cobb's extensive background as a past teacher and Early Childhood Director from Illinois provides the AZ EC family with another vital connection and support to the field. Her candid insight about her journey and experience working with different types of families is relatable and inspiring.


Connect with Lisa at AZ PBS at: lisa.cobb@asu.edu

Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry: azregistry.org

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Episode 14: A conversation with Lisa Cobb from Arizona PBS Educational Outreach as a Regional Coordinator. Discussion regarding the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and the incentives and benefits including cash stipends for those who qualify to complete college course work and how to register was discussed. Lisa Cobb's extensive background as a past teacher and Early Childhood Director from Illinois provides the AZ EC family with another vital connection and support to the field. Her candid insight about her journey and experience working with different types of families is relatable and inspiring.


Connect with Lisa at AZ PBS at: lisa.cobb@asu.edu

Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry: azregistry.org

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Episode 13: Conversation over Tacos w/ Regina Sung Aldridge Episode 13: Conversation over Tacos w/ Regina Sung Aldridge Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:51:10 GMT 22:02 59efc3de8561f1834e01baca no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-13-conversation-over-tacos-w-regina-sung-aldridge Early Childhood Consultant Regina Sung Aldridge full 13 Episode 13 features a special #TacosForTeachers early childhood conversation at a local taco shop, Tacos Chiwas in Phoenix, Arizona! Early Childhood Consultant, Regina Sung Aldridge is a former classroom teacher who is currently working with Alesi Group with The Kindergarten Experience. Amongst the spicy salsa aftermath and delicious tacos consumption, podcast host, Marissa chats with Regina where she candidly shares about her past teaching journey, working with kindergarten teachers and what she's planning for the next months ahead for DIY workshops for educators.

More info about Regina Sund Aldridge here.

More about Alesi Group and Dr. Isela Garcia here.

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Episode 13 features a special #TacosForTeachers early childhood conversation at a local taco shop, Tacos Chiwas in Phoenix, Arizona! Early Childhood Consultant, Regina Sung Aldridge is a former classroom teacher who is currently working with Alesi Group with The Kindergarten Experience. Amongst the spicy salsa aftermath and delicious tacos consumption, podcast host, Marissa chats with Regina where she candidly shares about her past teaching journey, working with kindergarten teachers and what she's planning for the next months ahead for DIY workshops for educators.

More info about Regina Sund Aldridge here.

More about Alesi Group and Dr. Isela Garcia here.

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Episode 12: Isabel Garcia and Unlimited Potential from PHX Episode 12: Isabel Garcia and Unlimited Potential from PHX Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:08:13 GMT 32:47 59e8333d2db5bfe4173bc5af no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-12-isabel-garcia-and-unlimited-potential-from-phx full 12 Unlimited Potential in South Phoenix. Unlimited Potential is a non-profit program providing ESL and GED classes for adults with an early childhood education component. Isabel Garcia talks about her social work journey working with children and how she became connected to this grassroots program that primarily serves marginalized populations. Her focus on empowering parents of the program shows her passion for social advocacy.]]> Unlimited Potential in South Phoenix. Unlimited Potential is a non-profit program providing ESL and GED classes for adults with an early childhood education component. Isabel Garcia talks about her social work journey working with children and how she became connected to this grassroots program that primarily serves marginalized populations. Her focus on empowering parents of the program shows her passion for social advocacy.]]> Episode 11: Conversation with Oksana Beatty Episode 11: Conversation with Oksana Beatty Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:40:24 GMT 25:09 59d698b85de031fb48504f92 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-11-conversation-with-oksana-beatty Pre-K Teacher and Quality First Coach Oksana Beatty full 11 Episode 11: Join Early Childhood Consultant Marissa Calderón as she chats with local Phoenix area Preschool Teacher and future Quality First Coach with ASCC, Oksana Beatty from Desoto Market in downtown Phoenix. Oksana shares her journey on how she became a pre-k teacher, helping her kids cope with her leaving the classroom, the importance of her relationships with her kids families as well as the excitement of starting a new job as a Quality First Coach! Going to school, being a single parent as part her early childhood journey, juggling multiple jobs including one in retail and having the drive to continue to learn more about children and her excitement to make an impact in our local early childhood community will truly leave you energized! Episode 11: Join Early Childhood Consultant Marissa Calderón as she chats with local Phoenix area Preschool Teacher and future Quality First Coach with ASCC, Oksana Beatty from Desoto Market in downtown Phoenix. Oksana shares her journey on how she became a pre-k teacher, helping her kids cope with her leaving the classroom, the importance of her relationships with her kids families as well as the excitement of starting a new job as a Quality First Coach! Going to school, being a single parent as part her early childhood journey, juggling multiple jobs including one in retail and having the drive to continue to learn more about children and her excitement to make an impact in our local early childhood community will truly leave you energized! Episode 10: Conversation with Kindergarten Teacher Stacey Heath Episode 10: Conversation with Kindergarten Teacher Stacey Heath Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:51:53 GMT 30:03 59cd36ba5b0b8ec07ccbac4e no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-10-kindergarten-teacher-stacey-heath Interview with Stacey Health Episode 10: We've made it to 10 episodes and to commemorate, Marissa shares an interview with Kindergarten teacher, Stacey Heath from Blue Ridge Unified School District. Stacey shares how she shifted her teaching practice of mundane worksheet and repetitive kill-joy teaching style to a more meaningful and engaging experience for both her students and herself after attending The Kindergarten Experience training sessions. "There's not a lot of joy in worksheets" and other notable remarks made in this episode that most kindergarten educators can relate too.


For more about the kindergarten experience visit: thekindergartenexperience.com

For more about Dr. Judy Harris Helm and The Project Approach visit: bestpracticesinc.net


For past Podcast Episodes visit us at: www.earlychildhoodjourneys.com/podcast

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Episode 10: We've made it to 10 episodes and to commemorate, Marissa shares an interview with Kindergarten teacher, Stacey Heath from Blue Ridge Unified School District. Stacey shares how she shifted her teaching practice of mundane worksheet and repetitive kill-joy teaching style to a more meaningful and engaging experience for both her students and herself after attending The Kindergarten Experience training sessions. "There's not a lot of joy in worksheets" and other notable remarks made in this episode that most kindergarten educators can relate too.


For more about the kindergarten experience visit: thekindergartenexperience.com

For more about Dr. Judy Harris Helm and The Project Approach visit: bestpracticesinc.net


For past Podcast Episodes visit us at: www.earlychildhoodjourneys.com/podcast

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Episode 9: VSAEYC Mixer Recap, EC Resources and Havasupai Episode 9: VSAEYC Mixer Recap, EC Resources and Havasupai Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:27:17 GMT 15:53 59ba13352245cf8747191391 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-9-vsaeyc-mixer-recap-ec-resources-and-havasupai VSAEYC Recap, AZ EC Resources and Havasupai Head Start For Episode 9, host Marissa Calderón gives a brief recap of the VSAEYC and AZAEYC State Affiliate Early Childhood Mixer event that is annually done after the first day of the First Things First Summit in Phoenix. This includes information about the Arizona Early Childhood Registry, Arizona Toolkit, upcoming Nutrition workshop called Eat, Move, Love from Alesi Group and an interview with Havasupai Head Start Program Director Carlos A Powell Sr. Marissa also mentions how remote this Early Childhood program is and the need to hire quality teachers. Please forgive her if she mis-quotes the actual location of the Head Start program of it being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when Mr. Powell states it's on the top of that area. She would love to visit the area in general!

More information about the Havasupai Head Start Program and job positions contact: carlosapowellsr@hotmail.com

More information about the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry at azregistry.org

More information about the Arizona Toolkit and the state affiliate for NAEYC at azaeyctoolkit.org


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For Episode 9, host Marissa Calderón gives a brief recap of the VSAEYC and AZAEYC State Affiliate Early Childhood Mixer event that is annually done after the first day of the First Things First Summit in Phoenix. This includes information about the Arizona Early Childhood Registry, Arizona Toolkit, upcoming Nutrition workshop called Eat, Move, Love from Alesi Group and an interview with Havasupai Head Start Program Director Carlos A Powell Sr. Marissa also mentions how remote this Early Childhood program is and the need to hire quality teachers. Please forgive her if she mis-quotes the actual location of the Head Start program of it being at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when Mr. Powell states it's on the top of that area. She would love to visit the area in general!

More information about the Havasupai Head Start Program and job positions contact: carlosapowellsr@hotmail.com

More information about the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry at azregistry.org

More information about the Arizona Toolkit and the state affiliate for NAEYC at azaeyctoolkit.org


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Episode 8: Kindergarten Teacher Donna Bateman Episode 8: Kindergarten Teacher Donna Bateman Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:29:40 GMT 35:06 599fb5c4122616c664bff18d no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-8-kindergarten-teacher-donna-bateman Conversation with Kindergarten Teacher Donna Bateman In Episode 8, host Marissa Calderón features Kindergarten Teacher, Donna Bateman from Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix Arizona. Donna has been teaching for over 13 years and shares her experience and insights on how she manages to stay reflective in her work. In this candid conversation, Donna provides parents and other educators with a reminder on how they can work together to support kindergartners learning as well as recognizing that the beginning of the school year can be hectic for everyone. Her journey is admirable, inspiring, very relatable and worth taking note of. It should also be noted wine and tequila was discussed!


For more about The Kindergarten Experience visit: www.thekindergartenexperience.com

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In Episode 8, host Marissa Calderón features Kindergarten Teacher, Donna Bateman from Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix Arizona. Donna has been teaching for over 13 years and shares her experience and insights on how she manages to stay reflective in her work. In this candid conversation, Donna provides parents and other educators with a reminder on how they can work together to support kindergartners learning as well as recognizing that the beginning of the school year can be hectic for everyone. Her journey is admirable, inspiring, very relatable and worth taking note of. It should also be noted wine and tequila was discussed!


For more about The Kindergarten Experience visit: www.thekindergartenexperience.com

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Episode 7: A Conversation with Imelda Cordova Episode 7: A Conversation with Imelda Cordova Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:49:21 GMT 47:42 5993888157ce82794e20a71e no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-7-a-conversation-with-imelda-cordova ACA Statewide Director of Permanency Services Imelda Cordova In this episode, Marissa sits down for a very candid conversation with fellow Arizona Children's Association Statewide Director of Permanency Services, Imelda Cordova. The conversation is filled with parenting jokes, her first position in the early childhood field working with teen moms, the experience she gained with Kith and Kin (Friends and Family) population and how she manages to juggle her new responsibilities with her family. The work is heavy and does not end at 5:00PM. Arizona's current Foster Care and Adoption system can feel overwhelming for educators and families and it is a relief there are wonderful people like Imelda and the team that works with her to support the work. One of the more bi-lingual episodes filled with plenty of laughs and reflections the listener will find inspiring if not hopeful for our most vulnerable of populations.


To learn more about Arizona's Children Association visit: https://www.arizonaschildren.org/about/

To learn more about the Association for Supportive Child Care including the Arizona Kith and Kin Project visit: http://asccaz.org/.

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In this episode, Marissa sits down for a very candid conversation with fellow Arizona Children's Association Statewide Director of Permanency Services, Imelda Cordova. The conversation is filled with parenting jokes, her first position in the early childhood field working with teen moms, the experience she gained with Kith and Kin (Friends and Family) population and how she manages to juggle her new responsibilities with her family. The work is heavy and does not end at 5:00PM. Arizona's current Foster Care and Adoption system can feel overwhelming for educators and families and it is a relief there are wonderful people like Imelda and the team that works with her to support the work. One of the more bi-lingual episodes filled with plenty of laughs and reflections the listener will find inspiring if not hopeful for our most vulnerable of populations.


To learn more about Arizona's Children Association visit: https://www.arizonaschildren.org/about/

To learn more about the Association for Supportive Child Care including the Arizona Kith and Kin Project visit: http://asccaz.org/.

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Episode 6: Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan Episode 6: Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:32:55 GMT 37:04 598aac98a10c714d377f4142 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-6-kindergarten-teacher-terry-duggan Conversation with Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan In Episode 6, Marissa Calderón chats with Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan from Amphi School District in Tucson, AZ. Terry talks about the 20 plus years of her teaching career and how she managed to teach a different grade for six of those years! She shares her insights on how she's maintained the joy of teaching, advice for new and seasoned teachers as well as advice for parents of a new kindergarten child. A few favorite classroom resources shared including an obsession for Jenna Bilmes book, Beyond Behavior Management. Terry provides the listener with an authentic perspective on the profession and how she works to stay balanced.


For more information about Author and Early Childhood Consultant Jenna Bilmes, visit her website at: http://www.kidsfromtheinsideout.com/


To purchase the sign language book discussed called, ABC Phonics, Sing, Sign and Read! Using American Sign Language visit: https://www.amazon.com/ABC-Phonics-Signs-Supports-Literacy/dp/1932354271/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502260344&sr=8-1&keywords=abc+phonics+sing+sign+and+read


To learn more about The Kindergarten Experience Classroom Redesigns visit: https://www.pinterest.com/kdgexperience/classroom-redesigns-flips/

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In Episode 6, Marissa Calderón chats with Kindergarten Teacher Terry Duggan from Amphi School District in Tucson, AZ. Terry talks about the 20 plus years of her teaching career and how she managed to teach a different grade for six of those years! She shares her insights on how she's maintained the joy of teaching, advice for new and seasoned teachers as well as advice for parents of a new kindergarten child. A few favorite classroom resources shared including an obsession for Jenna Bilmes book, Beyond Behavior Management. Terry provides the listener with an authentic perspective on the profession and how she works to stay balanced.


For more information about Author and Early Childhood Consultant Jenna Bilmes, visit her website at: http://www.kidsfromtheinsideout.com/


To purchase the sign language book discussed called, ABC Phonics, Sing, Sign and Read! Using American Sign Language visit: https://www.amazon.com/ABC-Phonics-Signs-Supports-Literacy/dp/1932354271/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502260344&sr=8-1&keywords=abc+phonics+sing+sign+and+read


To learn more about The Kindergarten Experience Classroom Redesigns visit: https://www.pinterest.com/kdgexperience/classroom-redesigns-flips/

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Episode 5: AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference Lunch Panelists Episode 5: AZ K-12 Ed Tech Conference Lunch Panelists Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:20:22 GMT 23:13 598822c661716b6c6840742e no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-5-az-k-12-ed-tech-conference-lunch-panelists LIVE Audio from Panelist from AZ Ed Tech Conference In this episode, we uploaded the LIVE Facebook Audio from the Lunch Panelists from the AZ Ed Tech Conference at Rio Salado College on August 5, 2017.

Panelists:

Tim Jehl- Engineering and Advanced Tech at Perry High School in Chandler, AZ

Mark Gresko- Director of Tech for Avondale School District

Lennon Audrain- Recent High School Graduate, completed his AA on Elementary Education, Current ASU student and the national Educator Rising president.

Curi Araza- IT Specialist and Computer Informations Systems Instructor at Paradise Valley School District

For complete panelist bios: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cTqcpXLMo0QPUs7SYy1s1X7B2Kuv6cIjRXqACvVl1KI/edit


Panelists discussed how Education Tech has affected their current positions, their reservations on tech use and also provided their background amongst the discussion presented.


For a brief conference recap and to access conference Ed Tech Resources including platforms and Apps visit Marissa Calderón's blog post at: https://medium.com/@marissacalderon/my-az-k-12-ed-tech-conference-recap-at-rio-salado-college-bfa0fca3dc0

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In this episode, we uploaded the LIVE Facebook Audio from the Lunch Panelists from the AZ Ed Tech Conference at Rio Salado College on August 5, 2017.

Panelists:

Tim Jehl- Engineering and Advanced Tech at Perry High School in Chandler, AZ

Mark Gresko- Director of Tech for Avondale School District

Lennon Audrain- Recent High School Graduate, completed his AA on Elementary Education, Current ASU student and the national Educator Rising president.

Curi Araza- IT Specialist and Computer Informations Systems Instructor at Paradise Valley School District

For complete panelist bios: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cTqcpXLMo0QPUs7SYy1s1X7B2Kuv6cIjRXqACvVl1KI/edit


Panelists discussed how Education Tech has affected their current positions, their reservations on tech use and also provided their background amongst the discussion presented.


For a brief conference recap and to access conference Ed Tech Resources including platforms and Apps visit Marissa Calderón's blog post at: https://medium.com/@marissacalderon/my-az-k-12-ed-tech-conference-recap-at-rio-salado-college-bfa0fca3dc0

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Episode 4: Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Larkin Episode 4: Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Larkin Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:21:04 GMT 40:50 5978cf7f8226f10936505a1b no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/episode-4-kindergarten-teacher-jennifer-larkin Conversation with Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Larkin In this episode, Marissa has a conversation with Kindergarten teacher, Jennifer L. Larkin from Amphi School District in Tucson. Jennifer has been teaching for over 10 years and shares her teaching journey including how she got started teaching, how she avoids teacher burnout, advice for new and seasoned teachers, recommendations for parents of a new kindergartner(we recognize it can be a scary milestone) and why she continues to love what she does. Her work is admirable and worth noting just in time for the Back to School season! In this episode, Marissa has a conversation with Kindergarten teacher, Jennifer L. Larkin from Amphi School District in Tucson. Jennifer has been teaching for over 10 years and shares her teaching journey including how she got started teaching, how she avoids teacher burnout, advice for new and seasoned teachers, recommendations for parents of a new kindergartner(we recognize it can be a scary milestone) and why she continues to love what she does. Her work is admirable and worth noting just in time for the Back to School season! Episode 3: A Conversation with Alma Quintana Episode 3: A Conversation with Alma Quintana Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:18:25 GMT 41:39 596eeba150721da768e73779 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/conversation-with-alma-quintana Alma Quintana-Quality Assurance Manager with City of Phoenix Head Start In this episode, I have a candid and humorous conversation with fellow Early Childhood Educator, Alma Quintana. Alma recently became the Quality Assurance Manager for the City of Phoenix's Human Services Department, Education Division, Head Start Birth to Five Program. If you think that's a mouthful, so does she. Alma shares her journey on how she is handling the new position, how she stays reflective personally and professionally including the stress of starting a Master's program while learning a new position. Her story is relatable, inspiring and admirable for others in the field who are also in similar situations and want to do an awesome job for children and their families.


For more information about the City of Phoenix's Head Start Birth to Five Program visit: www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/head-start

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In this episode, I have a candid and humorous conversation with fellow Early Childhood Educator, Alma Quintana. Alma recently became the Quality Assurance Manager for the City of Phoenix's Human Services Department, Education Division, Head Start Birth to Five Program. If you think that's a mouthful, so does she. Alma shares her journey on how she is handling the new position, how she stays reflective personally and professionally including the stress of starting a Master's program while learning a new position. Her story is relatable, inspiring and admirable for others in the field who are also in similar situations and want to do an awesome job for children and their families.


For more information about the City of Phoenix's Head Start Birth to Five Program visit: www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/head-start

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Episode 2: A Conversation with Educational Director Tricia Lucas Episode 2: A Conversation with Educational Director Tricia Lucas Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:49:02 GMT 20:24 5969bade9b4370b2676cb656 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/a-conversation-with-educational-director-tricia-lucas Desert Sun Child Development Center  in Chandler, AZ. Desert Sun Child Development Center is a NAEYC(National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited program and a Quality First five-star rating program thru Arizona's First Things First program. Tricia shares her perspective about her career, the Early Childhood program she oversee, her mentors over the years and future personal and professional goals including her insights about the field. As an Arizona Educator who has positively impacted her community for over 20 years, Tricia provides a wonderful and refreshing perspective about her journey of constantly learning and willing to grow both personally and professionally.

More about Tricia Lucas at Desert Sun Child Development Center visit their website at: www.desertsun.org
More information about the National Association for the Education of Young Children visit: www.naeyc.org
More information about Quality First thru First Things First visit: http://www.qualityfirstaz.com/
More information about Alesi Group's The Kindergarten Experience visit: www.thekindergartenexperience.com


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More about Tricia Lucas at Desert Sun Child Development Center visit their website at: www.desertsun.org
More information about the National Association for the Education of Young Children visit: www.naeyc.org
More information about Quality First thru First Things First visit: http://www.qualityfirstaz.com/
More information about Alesi Group's The Kindergarten Experience visit: www.thekindergartenexperience.com


]]> Episode 1: Capturing the Kindergarten Classroom Redesign Process Episode 1: Capturing the Kindergarten Classroom Redesign Process Mon, 03 Jul 2017 19:28:46 GMT 27:17 595a9aeff7a857bc217e9192 no https://shows.pippa.io/early-childhood-journeys/kindergarten-classroom-redesign-process Flipping Kindergarten Classrooms Discussion with Consultant Debbie Everett from Alesi Group on the redesign process of "flipping" kindergarten classrooms through Arizona's "The Kindergarten Experience." Tips and strategies are discussed including what things kindergarten educators should consider.

For more about Alesi Group: www.alesigroup.com

For more about kindergarten classroom redesigns: https://www.pinterest.com/kdgexperience/kindergarten-classroom-redesigns/



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Discussion with Consultant Debbie Everett from Alesi Group on the redesign process of "flipping" kindergarten classrooms through Arizona's "The Kindergarten Experience." Tips and strategies are discussed including what things kindergarten educators should consider.

For more about Alesi Group: www.alesigroup.com

For more about kindergarten classroom redesigns: https://www.pinterest.com/kdgexperience/kindergarten-classroom-redesigns/



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