Submitted by the Dalton-Whitfield First Five Coalition
The Dalton-Whitfield First Five Coalition asks the Dalton-Whitfield community to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child. As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country today through April 12, the Dalton-Whitfield community 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 the Dalton-Whitfield community has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said Dixie Kinard, chair of the Dalton-Whitfield First Five Coalition. “Week of the Young Child is a time for Georgia to recognize that ‘Early Years are Learning Years’ for all young children.”
Many activities will occur in the Dalton-Whitfield community. Churches across the community will recognize the teachers and parents of young children on a Sunday in April. Head Start, Georgia pre-K and private child care providers will host activities throughout the week for their students. The First Five Coalition, Readers to Leaders and Dalton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a free community-wide event at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton on Saturday, April 12, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to the Dalton-Whitfield community. 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.