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2019-04-10 / Letters

Week Of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is April 8 to April 12. Today, we know more than ever before the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is a time to celebrate our youngest learners, to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment – at home, at child care, at school and in the community – that will promote their early learning. Young children and their families depend on high quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to our communities and businesses.

Delaware Opportunities Inc., through its Head Start and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) and Day Care Subsidies programs is dedicated to serving Delaware County’s child care community through direct care, information and referral, training, advocacy and education. By supporting child care providers and the families they serve, the CCR&R programs helps to build excellence in child care.

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, the Delaware Opportunities CCR&R program has displayed children’s artwork from child care programs in the lobby of Delaware Opportunities Inc. at 35430 State Highway 10, Hamden.

To further promote quality early childhood care, the Delaware Opportunities Head Start will bring together the 203 children enrolled in the program in a county-wide celebration of early childhood care to be held at the American Legion in Delhi on May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. And, Delaware Opportunities is sponsoring a Children’s Festival at the agency’s headquarters in Hamden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 26.

For more information about these events or Delaware Opportunities CCR&R services and/or how you can advocate for young children, visit the agency’s website at www.delawareopportunities.org, email a day care specialist at daycare@delop.org, call 607-746-1620 or toll free 877-746- 2279, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SHELLY BARTOW

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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