Be Child Care Aware: Week Celebrates Children Families Opportunities

Cheri M. Gioe, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  4/22/2005 7:59:20 PM

News You Can Use For April 2005


Hundreds of organizations around the country will celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 3-9, 2005.

First established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1971, the celebration is intended to recognize that the early childhood years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.

Since that time, the Week of the Young Child has been celebrated annually each spring. It honors the more than 35 million American children from birth through age eight, as well as the families, teachers and other adults who help children make the most of the opportunities of their early years.

"Research and experience indicate that children’s earliest years are crucial learning years, and the Week of the Young Child is a chance to celebrate young children and to recognize the responsibilities we, as adults and caregivers, share for helping them make the most of the early years," said LSU AgCenter child-care associate Cheri Gioe.

The week is designed to bring attention to those principles with such themes as "Children’s Opportunities – Our Responsibilities," "Good Beginnings Never End" and "Early Childhood – Where Our Future Begins."

The Week of the Young Child also is designed to build broader support for early childhood programs that nurture young children’s early learning and growth.

For more information about the National Association for the Education of Young Children or The Week of the Young Child, visit www.NAEYC.org. NAEYC is the world’s largest early childhood education association with more than 100,000 members.

The LSU AgCenter’s "Be Child Care Aware!" educational program is designed to educate parents and child-care providers about quality child care. It is funded, in part, through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support.

The LSU AgCenter’s "Be Child Care Aware!" educational program is designed to educate parents and child-care providers about quality child care. It is funded, in part, through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support.

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Contacts:  Cheri Gioe at (225) 578-6701 or cgioe@agcenter.lsu.edu
Editor:       Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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