^^ ECLC celebrates National Week of the Young Child
The Early Childhood Learning Center asks Cherokee to come together for the children this week, the Week of the Young Child (April 10-16).
As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, Cherokee is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
"All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and Cherokee has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children," said Barb Radke, ECLC Director/Roosevelt Elementary School Principal. "Week of the Young Child is time for Cherokee to recognize that early years are learning years for all young children."
The Week of the Young Child is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including childcare and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary staff and their Parent Advisory Committee to work together to create two events to celebrate the Week of the Young Child with their students.
The first event was held on Tuesday. The Great Plains Zoo Zoo Mobile put on a program at the ECLC that evening for ECLC families. The second event is ECLC's annual Buddy Brunch, which will be held on Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m. at the ECLC located at 400 N. Roosevelt Ave.
Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Cherokee. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.
Dr. John Chalstrom, Cherokee Community School Superintendent, along with Radke and the ECLC staff, 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.
The ECLC has been strongly supported by the Cherokee Community School Board. Their support has enabled the program to meet the needs of the students of Cherokee and the surrounding areas.
The ECLC is an affiliate of National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children, birth through age eight. Founded in 1926 the NAEYC has nearly 90,000 members and national network of more than 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.