For Immediate Release




DANVILLE, VA, April 7, 2009 – Using the theme, “Bring Communities Together for Children,? Danville Community College is planning several events to celebrate “Week of the Young Child?, April 20 – 24, 2009. The activities include a parade, concert, carnival, an interactive dance production and Open House at Families First Children’s Center on the DCC campus.

Martha Tucker, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Reading and Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Department, says the celebration is part of a national observance to recognize the needs of young children and to thank educators and others involved in building better futures for all children.

“Early learning experiences are crucial to the growth and development of young children,? Tucker notes. “Week of the Young Child provides opportunities for all of us to recognize the importance of the early years and to work together to build better futures for all children. The DCC campus is so very fortunate to be able to provide quality child care for the children of students, faculty and the community through Families First Children’s Center. We see Week of the Young Child as an opportunity to give something back to the community.?

The schedule of events is as follows:
Monday, April 20

Children’s parade on the DCC campus at 9:30 a.m. to kick off the celebration.
Tuesday, April 21

 “Trike-a-thon? to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be held at 9:30 a.m. for the children attending Families First Children’s Center.
Wednesday, April 22

Children's carnival coordinated by DCC students will be held at 9:30 a.m. for the children of Families First Children’s Center and Danville Head Start.

Thursday, April 23

Open House at Families First Children’s Center, located on DCC’s campus at the corner of South Main Street and Kemper Road, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24

Concert by the “Ps and Qs? of Richmond and the Carlisle School Dancers will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium, Temple Building (Room 110). The concert is free and open to the public. Please contact Martha Tucker at 434.797.6434 to reserve space for groups of 10 or more.

Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country to create awareness of the needs of young children. 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.

DCC offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Early Childhood Education and more than 120 students are currently enrolled. The students and their instructors are working together to improve public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

For more information about the week-long events or DCC’s Early Childhood Development program, please contact Martha Tucker at 434.797.6434; toll free at 800.560.4291, ext. 8468; or e-mail

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