Community College President Dr. Cris Valdez sits in with
children from the college’s Child Care
Center to sign a proclamation
declaring “The Week of the Young Child” at Edison.
Celebrates “Week of the Young Child”
Edison Community College...
The Early Childhood Education Program at Edison Community College will
join the National Association for the Education of Young Children from
April 22 through 28 in celebrating “The Week of the Young Child.”
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The
purpose of the event is to focus public attention on the needs of young
children and their families and to recognize the early childhood
programs and services that meet those needs.
To kick off the event, Edison president Dr. Cris Valdez signed a
proclamation designating the week of April 22 through 28 as the Week of
the Young Child at Edison. Valdez signed the proclamation after meeting
with children who are enrolled in the college’s Child Care Center.
“At Edison we take this opportunity to celebrate the children and
families who come to our Child Development Center, as well as
celebrating our teachers and staff who deal directly with the Center,”
said Cheryl Buecker, Professor of Early Childhood Development at
Edison. “We also use this opportunity to encourage college students who
are preparing to work in the field to advocate for higher quality care
and education opportunities as well as support services. This is one of
the important roles they will play as teachers in the field.”
In addition to signing the proclamation, Edison faculty and staff
associated with the program have worked with other early childhood
professions throughout the region to have city mayors also sign.
Edison’s Early Childhood Development and Child Care Center will
continue to celebrate with events throughout the week including a “song
fest” and a breakfast for the attending children and their families.
There will also be a scholastic book fair that will be open to the
public Monday through Thursday.
Community College Childhood Development Center head teacher and
coordinator Kelli Gerlach works with
children in the program in preparation for activities to celebrate “The
Week of the Young Child” at Edison.