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Children with a good early start have better chance for success

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Dear Editor:

There are more than 35 million children from birth through age 8 in this country. The early years are a crucial time for their growth and development and a time when we help children prepare to succeed in school and in life.

April 22-28, 2007, 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.

Early education programs -- including child care, Head Start, preschools and elementary schools -- provide crucial learning experiences for many young children. Supporting these programs is the right choice for kids.

Every adult in this community has opportunities to make a difference, from volunteering at a local program to supporting efforts that help more young children benefit from quality early education. Week of the Young Child is a good time for all of us to acknowledge the needs of children and work together to build better futures for all children.

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CIEDC, a Community Action agency, operates the Head Start program in DeWitt, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt counties. The CIEDC Head Start program serves over 330 families in those six counties and employs over 80 early childhood professionals.

CIEDC centers in all counties will be hosting open houses throughout the Week of the Young Child. The open houses are a great opportunity for families and community members to see what our Head Start program has to offer and enroll children for the upcoming school year.


Sarah Puls
CIEDC Head Start director

[Posted April 25, 2007]

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