Local educators prepare for upcoming school year

Local educators prepare for upcoming school year

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

While children are still enjoying their summer, more than 450 educators are meeting to get a head start on the coming school year.

The 19th annual Academy for Teachers of Young Children was held in Lubbock.

The four-day conference is a learning opportunity for educators and parents to broaden their understanding of early childhood development. 

"Hopefully, they are going to walk away and feel like they have better tools and better strategies," said Anna Phillips, senior specialist of Region 17 Student Support Services, "or more tools and strategies than they had before to meet the needs of their students."

This conference is held in various cities throughout West Texas and rotates every two years addressing the needs of those school districts. 

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