(Atlantic) Today is the start of the “Week of the Young Child,” an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
Diana Williams is the Director of the Anne W. Wickman Childhood Development Center in Atlantic. She says young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Cass County.
“Research has shown that the brain develops within those first couple of years of life,” stated Williams. “So rich, full, experiences that we can provide for these kids with trained individuals, really helps to impact their future success in school and in life.”
Williams says they do a lot of observation learning with the children at the Wickman Childhood Development Center.
“A lot of their learning is done through play and we observe the kids as they play and help provide expanded play experiences with these kids,” said Williams. “For example going to the next level and making their brains work a little bit, deciding what they are going to do next, just figuring things out on their own.”
Williams also thanks the staff and volunteers that spend time working and training the children and just being part of their lives.
Friday, Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones (pictured) visited the Anne W. Wickman Childhood Development Center and signed a “Proclamation” naming this week as “Week of the Young Child.”
April 15, 2013
7:00 a.m. news