The week of April 14 through April 20, 2013 has been designated as the Week of the Young Child by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Week of the Young Child is a time to focus on the needs of young children and their families and to emphasize the crucial role that adults play in giving children the foundation needed to succeed in school and beyond. This year’s theme is “Early Years are LearningYears”.
“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and District 33 has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said Dr. Kathy Wolfe, Superintendent. “Week of the Young Child” is a time for the community of West Chicago to recognize that “Early Years are the Learning Years” for all young children.”
The District 33 Board of Education has long recognized the importance of early education for children. This can be evidenced by the support for the continued funding of the Early Learning Center and the support for Educare of West DuPage to be built in West Chicago to service the youngest children in the West Chicago community. Educare of West DuPage is full-day, full-year program to prepare young, at-risk children for school by implementing the approaches and practices that science tells us are necessary to help young children grow up safe, healthy and eager to learn.
The Early Learning Center located in two locations, 312 E. Forest Avenue and 331 W. George Street, will join other early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities during the Week of the Young Child to bring awareness to the needs of young children. Guests will be invited to read to children, participate in classroom activities, assist with art projects or observe student engagement strategies implemented in the school setting.
Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to not only District 33 but the City of West Chicago as well. 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 Early Learning Center in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 has over 50 early childhood professionals, servicing over 350 children ages 0-5yrs, 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.
- Gina Steinbrecher, Community Relations Specialist
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