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Week of the Young Child brings awareness to the unique needs of children

Integrated Community Planning’s Child Care & Development Council asks Oswego County to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, April 14 – 20.

This national celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children brings awareness to the unique needs of young children and honors those who make a difference in their lives.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality care and learning experiences that will prepare them for life,” said Christina Wilson, ICP executive director. “Our community has a great opportunity to do our part to help. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the parents, caregivers, and teachers who play an important role in their care and education.”

Young children and their families depend on early childhood care and education to help children get a great start which in turn brings lasting benefits. Research by the University of Chicago indicates that each dollar spent on high-quality early childhood services yields a $7 to $10 return on investment in economic and social cost savings.

Week of the Young Child acknowledges the importance of the individuals and organizations working to improve the early learning opportunities as well as the public policies that can provide this foundation of learning for children.

The Child Care & Development Council, an Affiliate of NAEYC, is dedicated to providing services to early childhood professionals that improve practice in their programs and advocates for public support of these high-quality experiences.