Thoughts and Available Resources From SECA Following the Storms

Our thoughts and prayers are with Arkansas and we are thinking of our other SECA states as this storm system travels across the south. Unfortunately, in the past these disasters have been all too frequent in the SECA region and the SECA staff has put together resources to help guide you in answering questions and reassuring children. We’ve also included a parent flyer that you can print and distribute to your parents.

SECA Reporter: (available to public)

  • Spring 2012/Disaster Preparedness
  • Fall 2011/Military families (this has some grief resources and resiliency info)

  SECA Radio:

  • Why Joy and Play are Critical – Steven Gross, M.S.W., Founder and Executive Director of Project Joy, a non-profit organization that uses play to strengthen and heal children whose lives have been deeply impacted by trauma.

Members-only:    E-mail:

  • February 2010 – Talking with Children About Natural Disasters (includes flyer)


  • Supporting Children in an Uncertain World
  • Four Ways to Help


  • Talking to Your Children about Natural Disaster

Take advantage of these member resources to guide you in answering those difficult questions and reassuring children that they are safe.   The SECA Board of Directors and staff are here to assist you in this most difficult of jobs.  Glenda Bean, Executive Director

Read More

Join MsECA Today!

Membership is a Mark of Professionalism

The Mississippi Early Childhood Association (MsECA) is your statewide organization for early childhood leadership. For ONLY $50 (professional) or $35 (student) you can become a member of the largest early childhood professional association in the state and join with thousands across the South as a member of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).

Read More


This year’s Mississippi Early Childhood Association’s  Imagine Conference will be held October 8, 9 and 10 at the beautiful Thad Cochran Conference Center on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Since you are the ones who are always focused on taking care of others:  your family, your children, your co-workers, etc., we chose a theme for this year’s conference that will enable us to pamper YOU for a few days.  “Imagine 2014:  Renewed, Refreshed and Recharged” will offer all of us the opportunity to renew our minds and spirits, refresh our bodies and souls and recharge our hearts and brains!

While relaxing in a beautiful venue with opportunities for massages, manicures, snacking and dancing, you will be able to hear and learn from some of the best presenters around such as Dr. Jean and Janie Walters.  We are planning for many of the traditional events such as exciting keynotes and break-out sessions as well as some new events like a “spa night” and a reception to honor our past leaders.

And students – we are thinking of  you!  We will have events planned especially with you in mind!  Definitely something for everyone will be found at conference this year!  Be sure and watch our website and facebook page for updates on the conference.  We’re excited and want you to make plans now to join us….it won’t be the same without you!

Eventbrite - 2014 MsECA Imagine Conference

If you require an invoice so you can pay registration fees via PO and check, look for the “Show alternate payment methods” link.  We will send you an invoice ASAP !button-example



Read More

" In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. " African Proverb

MsECA Blog

Read More