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Celebrate Week of the Young Child from April 22-28
Join United Way of Roanoke Valley's Impact Partner, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, as they celebrate Week of the Young Child. Running from April 22-28, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke will join together with Smart Beginnings New River Valley, as well as thousands of champions for young children, to help make a difference in the lives of children ages 0 to 5.
“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life,” said Kris Meyers, Program Manager for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke “The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that the early years are learning years for all young children.”
Smart Beginnings NRV and Community Voices will kick off the Week of the Young Child a few days early with a conversation on the early childhood years in our society and economy. On Thursday, April 19, Craig Ramey, will present a talk titled, “Democracy, Employment, and Civility: The Crisis in Early Childhood Supports” in a 7 p.m. program at the Lyric Theatre on College Avenue in Blacksburg. Admission is free.
Other events for young children and their families are being planned throughout Greater Roanoke and the New River Valley region all week long, including parades, storytimes, artwork on display, activities at local children’s museums and recreation centers. Several business and community leaders will also be volunteering as guest readers in local childcare centers, preschools and libraries. These events and activities are designed to raise awareness about the early learning and developmental needs of young children.
Week of the Young Child is also a time to recognize the importance of the teachers and community partners and elected officials who advance early childhood initiatives to benefit young children,” added David Moore, Regional Coordinator for Smart Beginnings NRV “During this special week, please take the time to thank the childcare providers, the business leaders, the educators, the healthcare providers and other early childhood stakeholders for their dedication to our youngest citizens.”
For more information on activites and how you can take part in Week of the Young Child, visit the Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke Facebook page. Or visit the Southwest VA Association for the Education of Young Children for information on events.
For more on Smart Beginnings Great Roanoke visit smartbeginningsroanoke.org.