Staff Contact:

Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA, March 29, 2011 – Using the theme, “Bring Communities Together for Children,? Danville Community College has planned several events to celebrate “Week of the Young Child?, April 9 – 17, 2011. The activities include a Community Resources Fair, the Annual Trike-a-Thon to raise funds for St. Jude’s Hospital, and an Open House at Families First Children’s Center on the DCC campus.

Martha Tucker, Coordinator of DCC’s Early Childhood Education department said the celebration also recognizes the needs of young children and thanks educators and others involved in building 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 the growth and development of young children,? Tucker added. “The DCC campus is so very fortunate to be able to provide quality child care for the children of students, faculty and community members through our on-campus laboratory school - Families First Children’s Center. We see ‘Week of the Young Child’ as an opportunity to give something back to the community.?

The celebration kicks off with the Second Annual Community Resources Fair, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Saturday, April 9 on DCC’s athletic field. The fair features more than 20 exhibitors who will provide information, activities and door prizes to families and children attending the event. There will be games and activities for children, plus the Ice Cream Man will be selling frozen treats. In addition, door prizes will be given away, but you must be present to win. In addition, DCC students will be available to answer questions about the Early Childhood Education program and to participate in the activities with the children. This event is free and open to the public.

On Monday April 11, an Open House will be held at Families First Children’s Center, located on the DCC campus. DCC’s Early Childhood Education students will distribute brochures and information about quality child care. The public is invited to stop by and visit this state-of-the-art facility.

The activities end on Friday, April 16, with the Families First children participating in the annual St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon to raise money for children who are sick. Contact Tucker at DCC to make a contribution to St. Jude’s.

Danville Community College has more than 100 students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. The students are working together to improve public support for high-quality early childhood education programs. For more information about the Week of the Young Child events or the Early Childhood Education program, contact Martha Tucker at 434.797.6434, or Traci Daniel, Families First Children’s Center, at 434.793.9531, or click here.


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