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Scotland Partnership to celebrate Week of the Young Child

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LAURINBURG – Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families will hold a Smart Start Pajama Party story time at the library to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.

Participants are encouraged to show up in their favorite pajamas, robes and slippers.

The event is open to the public and takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Storyteller Brynn Anderson will interact with and entertain children with stories and anecdotes. Snacks will be served following Anderson’s performance.

“The event is a good literacy-based activity and an opportunity for us to get out and meet parents,” said Benny Cox, interim director for Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families.

The week April 23-30 has been designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC as the Week of the Young Child.

The association is the world’s largest early childhood education association. The Association sets forth the guidelines, ethics and curriculum that daycare centers and early childhood education students are trained by and adhere to.

The “Week of the Young Child” was established in 1971, and recognizes that the years between birth and age 8 are the foundation for children’s success in school and later in life.

The goal behind the Week of the Young Child is to call attention on the developmental needs of young children and their families and distinguish early childhood programs and services in the area that available to residents, according to Cox.

Another goal is to recommit community organizations to guaranteeing that all children can experience environments that promote early learning in the home, in daycare, in school, and in the community.

Partnership for Children and Families reaches those goals by working with schools and daycares in the community see that those needs are met.

“We advocate with the pre-K program and childcare centers to promote high quality learning environments … and make sure children are at the forefront of decision making,” Cox said.

The partnership also offers classes designed to educate children about the needs of the developing child.

Mother Read teaches participants the importance of reading to young children. The 10-session program focuses not only on the act of reading but on the interaction between parent and child as they read together. It teaches parents to take time to discuss pictures in the book or magazine and discussing the material read to boost reading comprehension.

The program also offers parenting classes for teen parents designed to teach young parents about the developmental needs of children and works with other local agencies to ensure that the needs of both parent and child are met.

Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families and the NAEYC suggest the following as ways to celebrate the week of the young child.

— Participate in a regular story time or other reading activities.

— Become a reading partner to a child in the classroom, or chaperone a field trip to the library.

— Hold a kick-off breakfast for family and community reading partners. Photograph children with their partner − someone who can read with the child more than once a week. Post the pictures on a sheet of paper and ask the child-adult partners to write their comments about the books they read under their picture throughout the week.

— Turn off the television and organize a family night with activities like board games, reading, and arts and crafts.

For information, call Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families at 910-276-3333.

By Beth Lawrence

[email protected]

Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169

Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169

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