Week of the Young Child observed April 19-25

Cheri M. Gioe  |  4/14/2009 7:11:37 PM

News You Can Use Distributed 04/14/09

Hundreds of organizations around the country will observe the Week of the Young Child, April 19-25. “The event is a chance both to celebrate young children and to recognize the responsibilities that adults and caregivers share for helping youngsters make the most of their early years," said LSU AgCenter early childhood education expert Cheri Gioe.

This year’s theme is, “Bring Communities Together for Children - Children Bring Communities Together.”

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

"Research and experience indicate that children’s earliest years are crucial learning years,” Gioe said.

The event honors the more than 35 million American children from birth through age 8, as well as the families, teachers and other adults who help children make the most of the opportunities of their early years.

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, Gioe added.

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

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Editor: Mark Claesgens

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