MountainHeart to celebrate Week of the Young Child

MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. is asking West Virginia residents to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child April 6-12.

As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, MountainHeart 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 West Virginia has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” Melodee Price, Early Childhood specialist for MountainHeart, said. “Week of the Young Child is a time for West Virginia to recognize that ‘Early Years are Learning Years’ for all young children.”

Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is 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.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to West Virginia. 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.

MountainHeart has nine early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education


NAEYC is the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age 8. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has nearly 80,000 members and a national network of more than 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

MountainHeart Child Care Resource and Referral is a program of MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. and is funded under an agreement with West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources office of Social Services. This program was established in 1992.