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ASSET-Eight and KCET’s A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa is pleased to announce the 2008 Arizona Outstanding In-Home Care Provider award recipients!

Each of the following women were nominated based on their outstanding service to the children they care for in their homes, birth to age 5, and because of their contributions they make to the profession as an in-home care provider.

All 3 women will join the team of local A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa (APLO) trainers to provide workshops based on the broadcast and online content created by KCET in partnership with BP, First 5 California, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Each received a technology package that includes a Dell Laptop computer, an Epson LCD projector, and Verizon wireless internet subscription for 1 year underwritten by grant funds from APLO. Additionally, Microsoft Education donated a Microsoft Office Suite for each computer.

ASSET-Eight is enthusiastic about supporting the work of each of these women in their communities to further the goals of professionalism in early childhood.


Carmina Mariscal
Carmina Mariscal is married and a mother of 3 children. She recently completed her Childcare Development Associate's (CDA) degree from Central Arizona College. She has lived and worked as a childcare provider in a rural part of Southern Arizona since 2005. She is extremely dedicated to the childcare profession and is active in the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s Early Childhood Partnership of Southern Pima County. "Carmina is an intelligent and dedicated childcare professional who is compassionate for others and committed to being a childcare provider of the utmost professionalism."

Carmina was nominated by Vanessa Felty, J.D., the Director of Community Mobilization for the United Way of Tucson.


Nonubari Nsagane
Nonubari Nsagane is married and a mother of 3 children. She became a child care provider 2 years ago to stay at home with her younger 2 children. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Management Degree and has transitioned into the childcare profession with great diligence. She is a registered S*CCEEDS trainer and working on her CDA. She is the first childcare volunteer provider for Catholic Charities Resettlement Program and helped craft the job description and assist other caregivers who join the organization. "Nonubari is affectionate, capable, and supports the views of parents in caring for their children… her zeal to get better and improve is unlimited."

Nonubari was nominated by Patricia Gillem, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Refugee Resettlement Program with Catholic Charities Community Services, along with parents of the children she cares for, and her husband.


Deshika Perera
Deshika is married and a mother of 2 children. She came to the United States from Sri Lanka. She earned a Montessori certificate prior to immigrating to the United States. She began her own family child care business while pregnant with her second child and is excited about being able to be at home while working at something she is so passionate about! She is involved with S*CCEEDS and working currently on her CDA. "Deshika is a role model for other family child care providers and always eager to share her learning with others."

Deshika was nominated by Dr. Diana Abel, the Director of Rio Salado College's Early Childhood and Human Development Undergraduate Program.


A Place of Our Own is broadcast on Eight Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 am in English and Los Niños en Su Casa is broadcast on Eight Tuesday and Thursday at 5 am in Spanish.


Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture — utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1.3 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station’s annual budget. ASSET (Arizona School Services through Educational Technology is the educational outreach department for Eight, serving PreK-Grade 12 educators and young children’s caregivers with educational resources from PBS. For more information, visit www.azpbs.org. and www.asset.asu.edu.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.

Major funding for A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa is provided by BP, First 5 California, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa is a production of KCET/Los Angeles in association with Sesame Workshop and 44 Blue Productions, Inc. Visit aplaceofourown.org for more information.


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