|Aug. 25, 2015|
PACE invites you...
PACE California Children's Project (PCCP) presents the PACE 46th Annual Education Conference — Oct. 16-18, 2015 — Ontario, California
The PACE Board of Directors invites you to join in to celebrate PACE's 60th Anniversary!
Click here for the conference brochure.
Take a peak on the Workshop Descriptions and Schedule of Events.
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