Mid-Columbia Children's Council (MCCC) and WSU-Klickitat County Cooperative Extension are sponsoring several events to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, April 7-13.
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 theme of the 2002 celebration is "Children's Opportunities--Our Responsibilities".
"Early childhood education is one of the best investments Klickitat County can make for our children's future," said Susan Kerr, WSU Extension Educator. Research shows that children attending high quality programs are more likely to develop the language, pre-mathematics and social skills they need to succeed in school.
These 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.
Contact your local head start program to learn what special programs are planned to celebrate the Week of the Young Child in your community. Some activities include a children's handprint quilt display, child identification programs, special story hours and more. The highlight of the week will be a children's parade in Goldendale at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12.
MCCC advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education, including:
Providing professional development opportunities 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.
MCCC's early childhood professionals work together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.
MCCC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight.