Week of the Young Child, April 14-April 20, 2013
Early childhood education is vital to our community. Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and to succeed in life. By bringing your child to the library & storytimes, you are growing a reader & providing a great start!
Make a difference in your community:
- Support early literacy programs. Early reading skills are crucial for young children to be ready for school.
- Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start.
Support policies at the local, state, and federal levels that provide high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children.
Attend one of our storytimes this week:
Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.
Mother Goose Time
Monday, April 15, 10:00-10:15 @ Salem Church
Tuesday, April 16, 9:30-9:45 @ Porter
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 - 10:45 @ Snow
Thursday, April 18, 10:30-10:45 @ Headquarters
Friday, April 19, 9:30-9:45 @ England Run
Ages 2 and under with a caregiver. Drop-in.
Monday, April 15, 11:00-11:20 @ Salem Church
Tuesday, April 16, 10:30-10:50 @ Porter
Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 - 10:50 @ Snow
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30-10:50 @ Headquarters
Friday, April 19, 10:30-10:50 @ England Run
Ages 2-3 with a caregiver. Drop-in.
Monday, April 15, 11:00 - 11:30 @ Snow
Wednesday, April 17, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30 @ England Run
Friday, April 19, 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:00 @ Porter
Friday, April 19, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30 @ Salem Church
Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome. Drop-in.
- Over the Rainbow
Saturday, April 20, 11:00-11:30 @ Headquarters
All ages with a caregiver. Drop in.
Week of the Young Child Bookfair
Tuesday, April 16 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Barnes & Noble in Central Park
Provide the Bookfair ID 11080389 at checkout and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Week of the Young Child efforts.
Saturday, April 20, 9-12
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Library preschool classes at 9, 10 and 11
Vendors, Fun Run, Story times, Creative Movement, Face Painting, Parent Sessions, and MORE!
- One in five children in our community arrives in kindergarten without basic skills to succeed.
- Studies show that every $1 invested in early childhood education returns up to $17 to our community.
- Children in early care and education are better prepared for school when their teachers have higher levels of education and specialized training.
Providers with specialized training are more likely to be nurturing, reinforce early literacy skills, and challenge and enhance children’s learning.
- Early childhood education is the most important phase for overall development throughout the lifespan.
- The majority of the brain’s cells are formed at birth but it needs early experiences to “wire” the brain’s circuits to facilitate learning.
- The brain of a three-year old is twice as active as an adult’s brain.
- Ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten.
- Early experiences carry lifelong effect, not just on cognitive and emotional development, but also on long-term physical health.
- What young children need most are key activities like talking, singing, exploring, playing, and loving care to develop their brainpower, not expensive toys or academics.
- Literacy development starts early in life and is highly correlated with school achievement.
- Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait until later.
- Research shows the development of early literacy skills through books and stories is critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read.
- The seeds of desirable workforce skills-critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five.
- When at-risk children experience high-quality early learning programs, they have better school, employment and life outcomes.
Choosing High Quality Care:
- Virginia Department of Social Services Guide for Choosing Quality Childcare
- NACCRRA Research Reports
Why Quality Matters:
- www.uschamber.com/icw - report, Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education
- www.naeyc.org/woyc - FAQ on Week of the Young Child
- www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs332/en/index.html - World Health Organization, Early child development
www.naccrra.org - National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
- www.dss.virginia.gov/family/cc/index.html - Virginia Department of Social Services, Child Day Care
- www.earlychildhood.virginia.gov/ecac - Virginia’s Early Childhood Advisory Council
www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/early_childhood/index.shtml - Virginia Preschool Initiative
- www.ag.ndsu.edu/pub/yf/famsci/fs609w.htm - Understanding Brain Development in Young Children
- www.factsforlifeglobal.org/03/messages.html - Child Development And early Learning
- www.earlychildhood.educ.ubc.ca/community/research-practice-brain-development - Research into Practice: Brain Development and early Childhood Education: What is the Connection?
www.developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/reports_and_working_papers - A Science- Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy; Core Concepts In The Science Of Early Childhood Development; Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control” System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function, Working Paper 11