It’s Week of the Young Child!

WOYC_BOS_1168x590This week marks the thirty-fifth annual Week of the Young Child, an event organized by the National Association for Education of Young Children to raise awareness about the importance of quality early care and education for young children, families, and communities.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors delivered a resolution about the WOYC to county early care and education leaders today. This group included representatives from Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department, Community Services Bureau’s Head Start and Child Development Program, Contra Costa County Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education, Contra Costa Child Care Council, The Contra Costa County Office of Education and First 5 Contra Costa.

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Celebrate Week of the Young Child!

CCF5_08_275Next week we’re joining thousands of organizations  to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, an annual awareness campaign NAEYC has organized for more than 40 years.

The purpose of Week of the Young Child is to draw public attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Although we celebrate young children every week at First 5, this annual observance is an important reminder that we all play a role in making sure our children – our future students, workers, and parents – get the best possible start in life.  You can, too.  Try these ideas:

MONDAY:  Parents, take time to recognize your child’s child care providers and teachers. High-quality child care and early education boost children’s learning and social skills.  Recognize your provider for the professional educator he or she is! Continue reading