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Early Years Are Learning Years

By Staff | Apr 15, 2010

NATIONAL WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD - As part of the national Week of the Young Child, Apr. 11-17, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) of Upper Des Moines Opportunity is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. Pictured above are youngsters in the Head Start Program based on the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. First Row (from left): Johnathan Rowe, Brayden Albrant, and Gage Manwarren. Second Row: Myra Steffen, Ava Hanson, Hannah Harden, Kimberly Libke, and Carter Baker. Third Row: Atlas Ehrig, Kaitlyn Hember, Noah Jewell, Mathya Flannegan, Tanner Lewis, and Mackenzie Simmons. Fourth Row: Breanna Henricksen, Clayton Schroeder, Parker Schmeling, and Elaura Wise. Ashley Roberts is the Head Start teacher; Linda Jensen serves as assistant teacher. – Lori Hall photo

 Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) of Upper Des Moines Opportunity asks Northwest Iowa to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, Apr. 11-17. As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, CCR&R is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and Northwest Iowa has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said Jeanine Hough, CCR&R Director. “Week of the Young Child is time for Northwest Iowa to recognize that early years are learning years for all young children.”

Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including childcare and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to bring awareness to the needs of young children to parents and communities.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits to Northwest Iowa. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

Child Care Resource and Referral of Upper Des Moines Opportunity has approximately 400 early childhood professionals on their data base working to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

Child Care Resource and Referral of Upper Des Moines is an affiliate of NAEYC, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has nearly 90,000 members and a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.

Child Care Resource and Referral staff are available to support early childhood professionals in creating high quality early learning environments and providing child care referrals to parents looking for child care.  For more information call 1-800-245-6151 or 712-859-3885 and ask for Child Care Resource and Referral.  Child Care Resource and Referral looks forward to working with parents, childcare providers, and communities in providing high quality early learning and development opportunities for young children.