Week of the Young Child celebrated

Week of the Young Child celebrated Jade Fostvedt and Paige Durham, first-graders at Austin Elementary School, put their artistic talents to good use on the sidewalk in front of the school adminstration building in downtown Vermillion Monday. The Missouri Valley Association for the Education of Young Children has sponsored several events to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, April 7-13, including "chalk-a-block" on the sidewalks of downtown Vermillion.

The Week of the Young Child highlights the importance of families, early childhood professionals, and communities working together to support every child's healthy development and early learning.

The local celebrations of the Week of the Young Child are designed to build broader support for early childhood programs that nurture young children's early learning and growth. The theme for this year is "Children's opportunities-� our responsibilities."

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, "If we value our children, our families, our schools, and our community, we must make accessible, affordable, high-quality early childhood education a priority."

The Missouri Valley AEYC advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education, including:

* Providing professional development opportunities and adequate compensation for teachers and staff;

* Improving the health and safety of programs;

* Using developmentally appropriate practices to encourage literacy and learning from birth; and

* Supporting the family's crucial role in early education.

The local Missouri Valley AEYC is made up of preschool, Head Start, kindergarten, and primary teachers, childcare providers, and other early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

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