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DCC JOINS NATIONAL CELEBRATION FOR ‘WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD’

 

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DANVILLE, VA, April 11, 2013 – Using the theme, “Early Years Are Learning Years,” Danville Community College has planned several events to celebrate “Week of the Young Child”, April 13 – 19, 2013. 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 Fourth Annual Community Resources Fair, Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., on DCC’s athletic field. The fair features many community exhibitors who will provide information, activities and door prizes to families and children attending the event. There will be games and activities for children. 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 15, there will be a parade and Open House at Families First Children’s Center. 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 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

One new activity this year will be the Pinwheel Garden. DCC’s Early Childhood students, in coordination with Healthy Families and Danville Regional Foundation’s Service- Learning initiative - ENGAGE, will be planting blue pinwheels around DCC's electronic sign on South Main Street on Thursday, April 18th at 3p.m. This will be a beautiful and striking reminder that April is "Child Abuse Prevention Month".

Finally, Week of the Young Child will end with Families First children participating in a St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals. They will also be selling lemonade and cookies on campus to benefit this cause. Please contact Martha Tucker to make a donation.

"Danville Community College currently has more than 100 students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program and in a very active student group, the T.E.A.C.H. Club. Together, we are working to improve public support for high-quality early childhood education programs. 'Week of the Young Child' will be a step in the right direction," Tucker says. "So, please join us as we work to improve the lives of young children. Childhood is a time when children build the foundations for their futures. Some adults devote their entire lives to young children and some of us can only give a few minutes each day, but together we CAN make a difference. Read a book to a young child, talk to a young child or spend some time playing with a young child this week. Join us as we strive to build better futures for all children!"

For more information about the Week of the Young Child events or the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program, contact Martha Tucker at 434.797.6434 or click here.

 

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