First Steps celebrates Week of the Young Child

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Young children in Lancaster County deserve the best that we can give them.

The Week of the Young Child, April 6-12, is 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 the Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

During this week, Lancaster County First Steps will be celebrating young children in many ways. We have coordinated a field trip for two local daycares and four 4-year-old kindergarten classes to visit the Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill. Free Sunday family passes for the Children’s Museum will also be given out at local daycares.

A classic children’s book will also be given to Lancaster 4-year-old kindergarten students. The First Steps Facebook page will offer a photo contest that features children reading in various settings. A schoolwide celebration will be held at Southside Early Childhood Center as well.

We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our 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.” Please join Lancaster County First Steps in celebrating the lives of our most precious assets – our children!

Fred Witherspoon

Lancaster County First Steps chairman