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CIEDC Logan County Head Start joins national celebration of Week of the Young Child       Send a link to a friend

'Building Better Futures for All Children'

[MARCH 29, 2006]  CIEDC celebrates Week of the Young Child to recognize the needs of young children and thank educators and others involved in the education and care of young children. Week of the Young Child is celebrated across the country by hundreds of local organizations working to improve opportunities for all young children. The theme this year is "Building Better Futures for All Children."

"Early learning experiences are crucial to the growth and development of young children," said Sarah Puls, Head Start director. "Week of the Young Child provides opportunities for all of us to recognize the importance of the early years and to work together to build better futures for all children."

During Week of the Young Child, early childhood programs across the country -- including Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools -- have local fairs, open houses, political rallies and other activities to bring awareness of the needs of young children.

Logan County Head Start will have its "Recruitment Round-Up" and open house at the Logan 1 and 3 site, 721 Wyatt Ave. in Lincoln, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This will be a time when families can come in, see just what CIEDC Head Start has to offer and enroll their child for the 2006-2007 school year.

There will also be an open house at the Logan 2 Head Start Center, 200 Centennial Court in Lincoln, on April 7 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 7 p.m.

"Young children and their families across the country depend on quality education and care," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. "Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the people, programs and policies that are helping to build better futures for children."

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CIEDC Head Start recommends ways to show that high-quality early education is the right choice for kids:

  • Volunteer your time to work with children and teachers at Head Start, a school or community center.

  • Support policies and programs that help improve professional opportunities and compensation for teachers and staff.

  • Thank early childhood educators and others who play a vital role in preparing young children to succeed in school and beyond.

CIEDC, a Community Action Agency, operates the Head Start program in DeWitt, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt counties and employs 91 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.

[News release from Sarah Puls, Head Start director, Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.]

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