Early years are learning years:

The Missouri Valley Association of the Education of Young Children asks Vermillion and the surrounding

Mayor Jack Powell presents a proclamation to Gera Jacobs stating that April 10-16 is Week of the Young Child in Vermillion. Jacobs, a professor of early childhood in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at The University of South Dakota, was elected president-elect of the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the nations largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators.

communities to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child April 10-16, 2011. As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, Vermillion is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in childrens lives.

All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and Vermillion has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children, said Sherrie Bosse, Missouri Valley AEYC co-president.

Dawna Andersen, MVAEYC co-president, said, Week of the Young Child is a time for Vermillion to recognize that early years are learning years for all young children.

Local events for the WOYC include a hands-on activities event for children and families on Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vermillion Middle School. Many members from MVAEYC will be attending the statewide early childhood conference held April 14-16 in Sioux Falls. In addition, the members are serving at the Welcome Table on Monday April 25. A workshop session for early childhood professionals will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Delzell Education Building on the USD campus featured speakers will focus on child development and guidance strategies.

Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)] is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Vermillion and surrounding communities. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

The Missouri Valley AEYC has 84 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.

The Missouri Valley AEYC is an Affiliate of NAEYC, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age 8. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has nearly 90,000 members and a national network of more than 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

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