FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Andrea J. Burney, APR
Director of Public Relations
DCC JOINS NATIONAL CELEBRATION FOR ‘WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD’
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
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 –
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
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