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Sonia Yoshzawa portrait

Sonia Yoshizawa is going to Association for Constructivist Teaching (ACT) as a Board Member. She has been attending ACT since 2004, but this is her second year as an Advisory Board Member, and representing ETSU and the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development. The conference will be held October 26 & 27, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina. The theme of this year's conference is: "Education as Activism: The Rights of the Learner."

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Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance at ETSU 

Infant Toddler Support Group

Hosted by: Amber Freeman, Infant Toddler Quality Coach
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 4-5:30pm
Where: Life Bridge Church, 617 Donelson Drive, Kingsport
Invited: Infant and Toddler Teachers and Directors

Please call or text to reserve your spot: 423.526.8763

Come hear what is new in the infant toddler world. Come share your classroom experiences. Come ready to share and explore. Each month will focus on a new topic. Your participation and expertise are appreciated. Let’s work together for Tennessee’s youngest! *light snack will be served and credit hours will be given



TECTA Meeting
Sonia Yoshizawa, Heather Logan, Sara Mietzner, Patty Bowlin, Rebecca Armstrong

Representatives of the Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral Network (TNCCR&R) and Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency meet with Sara Mietzner and Heather Logan from TECTA@ETSU to discuss the Department of Human Services (DHS) push for more high quality Infant Toddler care in the region. TECTA classes provide an avenue for professional development for child care professionals. The meeting took place at Walters State Community College's new building in Greeneville TN. Among the various topics addressed were updates to TECTA orientation training and CDA workshops. For more information on TECTA and the classes offered see



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Gabriel Guyton, Chris Tucker, Dr. Bruce Perry, Laura Martin

The Center's Scholar-in-Residence, Gabriel Guyton, attended Dr. Bruce Perry's presentation at the Harmony Family Center in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Perry delivered the keynote address at the two-day event “Regulate, Relate, Reason: A developmental approach to healing trauma”. His topic focused on Neurosequential Models.

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Sonia Yoshizawa (right) seen here at last summer's Early Childhood Conference with featured presenter Anne Sibley O'Brien. Sonia will be traveling to Washington, DC in November to present at NAEYC.


  • Isbell, R., & Yoshizawa, S. A. (2018, November). What does the world need now? Creative young children who can communicate, collaborate, and problem-solve. Accepted session at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

  • Peterson, S., Ashbrook, P., Hoisington, C., VanMeeteren, B., Yoshizawa, S. A., Chilton, S., & Robinson, J. (2018, November). To pin or not to pin: Choosing, using, and sharing science resources online, Accepted session at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington, DC.




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The ETSU Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development is currently contracted to be
the external evaluator for Family Free’s WOVEN program. WOVEN is designed to work with women whose infants have been diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or are at-risk for NAS. Families Free is a local non-profit, faith-based organization “whose passion is to restore communities through the transformation of families who are vulnerable.” Families Free has received funding from Tennessee Department of Health to serve mothers of (NAS) infants through the WOVEN program. Parenting and case management support are provided to help mothers reach their goals for recovery and a better life. Learn more about Families Free and the Woven program HERE

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