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2018-04-17 / Letters

Week of the Young Child: April 16 - 20

The Week of the Young Child is April 16 through April 20. Today it is known more than ever the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is a time to celebrate our youngest learners, to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment at home, at child care, at school and in the community, will promote early learning.

Young children and their families depend on high quality education and care to help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits to our communities and businesses.

Delaware Opportunities Head Start, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R), and Day Care Subsidies programs are dedicated to serving Delaware County’s child care community through direct care, information and referral, training, advocacy and education. By supporting child care providers and the families they serve, the CCR&R program helps to build excellence in child care.

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, the Delaware Opportunities CCR&R program has displayed artwork from child care programs in the lobby of their main offices at 35430 state Highway 10 in Hamden.

To further promote quality early childhood care, the Delaware Opportunities Head Start will bring together the 208 children enrolled in their program in a county-wide celebration of early childhood care at the American Legion in Delhi on May 22.

Delaware Opportunities will also be hosting its 10th annual Children’s Festival at their main office location on June 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information about these events, Delaware Opportunities CCR&R services, and/ or how you can advocate for young children, visit the agency website at www.delawareopportunities.org, email a day care specialist at daycare@delawareopportunities.org, or call 607- 746-1620 or toll free 877-746- 2279, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

JANELLE MONTGOMERY

ACTING EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR

DELAWARE

OPPORTUNITIES

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