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For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2006
Week of the Young Child Celebrations Across the Country Honor Children and Thank Teachers
Building Better Futures for All Children
(Washington, D.C.) – The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates Week of the Young Child, April 2-8, 2006, to recognize the needs of young children and thank teachers and other adults who work to build better futures for all children. Week of the Young Child is celebrated across the country by hundreds of local organizations working to improve opportunities for all young children.
“Early learning experiences are crucial to young children’s growth and development,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., NAEYC Executive Director. “Week of the Young Child is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the importance of the early years, and work together to ensure all children have safe care and quality learning experiences that will help them succeed in school and beyond.”
Week of the Young Child events are opportunities for early childhood programs, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children. Week of the Young Child events are held to honor children across the country, including:
- A Week of the Young Child parade with over 400 children, teachers, and parents. – Chicago, IL
- A Day in the Park to highlight resources and educational services available to local residents. – Irvine, CA
- A "Day at the Capitol" educating legislators on the health and safety needs of children in child care and the new and emerging role of the Child Care Health Consultant. – Raleigh, NC
Across the country, young children and their families depend on quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits for our society as a whole. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the people, programs and policies that are helping to build better futures for all children.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential advocate for early care and education in the
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Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.