The first years of a child's life are crucial, said Sarah Hepworth, chairperson of the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition.
Which is why the group is promoting high-quality child care and ways to improve upon it next week as part of the Week of the Young Child.
"Research and experience clearly show that children's earliest years are crucial learning years," Hepworth said. "Week of the Young Child is a chance to celebrate the learning opportunities of young children and to recognize the responsibilities we share for helping them make the most of those opportunities."
The main event of the celebration will be the Fifth Annual Children's Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at the Centennial Mall in Craig.
"Week of the Young Child is a good time to recognize something we should remember all year," said Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition member Valerie Pleasant. "If we want our children to succeed in school, we need to support the teachers and programs that give them a great start on learning."
The Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition consists of 10 early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high quality early childhood education programs.
Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education, including:
- Providing professional development opportunities and adequate compensation for teachers and staff.
- Improving the health and safety of programs.
- Using developmentally appropriate practices to encourage literacy and learning from birth.
- Supporting the family's crucial role in early education.
The Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition is one of hundreds of local organizations nationwide celebrating the Week of the Young Child from April 6-12.
"Week of the Young child is a time to remember that if we want our children to succeed, we need to support the teachers and programs that give them a great start," said Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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