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Recognizing the needs of young children


Date published: 4/10/2014

Recognizing the needs of young children

This week is "Week of the Young Child," a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care.

Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

There are fewer than 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child begins kindergarten. Experiences during that time have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success.

We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers, supporting community agencies who deliver services to young children and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.

Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that "early years are learning years."

Sara Branner

Fredericksburg

The writer is executive director, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area.