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Head Start offers parent conference Sept. 8

The importance of family communication will be the focus of Dona Ana County Head Start's Annual Parent/Staff Training Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.


ference, "Strengthening Families through Communication," will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces. Guadalupe Lara of Detroit, Mich., will give the keynote address, "Working with Diverse Populations."

Lara has made several presentations on managing conflict with diverse populations. She is now developing an interdisciplinary conflict resolution program for children and families at Children's Hospital in Michigan.

Head Start has been holding parent training conferences for nine years, said Mary Jane Embury, director.

"This conference is being held on Saturday to attract Dona Ana County Head Start parents who work during the week," Embury said. "We hope to instill in parents the idea that there is power in being part of a group and that they can have a voice in the public schools through active participation."

Embury expects about 175 Dona Ana County Head Start parents and staff members to participate in the conference, which will include information on parenting, guidance and discipline, child abuse prevention, mental health, advocacy, nutrition and early childhood education.

"Parents who participate in training such as this are more likely to take part in schools' parent-teacher organizations," she said.

The conference will include a salad buffet luncheon, door prizes and musical entertainment by the Onate Mariachi Players.

Dona Ana County Head Start has been serving families since 1984 and reaches 240 families in Las Cruces, Mesilla, Vado and Anthony. For more information, call (505) 647-8733.