Research has demonstrated that quality early care and education brings a wide range of benefits for children’s well-being and for their social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and language development. Research also shows that a strong economy depends on people’s skills, creativity, motivation and knowledge. Investment in young children has high economic and social returns, because its impact on people’s skills and dispositions lasts a lifetime. The National Association for the Education of Young Children slated April 14th-20th as the Week of the Young Child. It is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Early childhood programs across the country held activities to bring awareness to the important role early care and education programs play in the lives of families and the community.
The White Mountains Community College Child Development Center celebrated the Week of The Young Child by participating in several special activities to recognize the importance of early learning. Pam Laflamme, Community Development Director of Berlin kicked off the festivities on Monday by reading to the children. During that same morning the children participated in a “block party” Other activities for the week included visiting musicians, a teddy bear tea, an ice cream social and an outdoor parade. During the entire week the center held a children’s art show at the College.
Early childhood education is vital to a community. Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school, and to go on to succeed in life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to the children of our community. Everyone can show their support for early learning by promoting early literacy programs, thanking all those who care for our children and by working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.
For more information about the early education programs offered through the White Mountains Community College Child Development Program call Sue Cloutier at 342-3011.