2014 Week of the Young Child celebrates importance of early childhood education

The Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Children is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives during the Week of the Young Child (April 6-12). As part of this week, celebrated across the country, CCAEYC will focus public attention on critical learning opportunities for young children through a variety of activities.

“The Week of the Young Child reinforces that the early years (birth through age 8) are critical learning years and qualified early childhood professionals help children learn, develop, build the skills to get along with others, and succeed in school and life,” said Dr. Mira Berkley, CCAEYC board member and professor of early childhood studies at SUNY Fredonia. “A safe, nurturing and stimulating environment during the early years with skilled and knowledgeable staff and professionals can ensure children have the most positive learning experience possible.”

Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it is brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences and WNY has several opportunities to do its part to participate.

CCAEYC’s membership of early childhood professionals work together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

CCAEYC’s mission is to support the development of professionals to promote quality care and education for the well being of all young children and their families. CCAEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Learn more at www.naeyc.org.