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MountainHeart Community Services ready to celebrate Week of the Young Child

MountainHeart Community Services Inc. is looking forward to celebrating the Week of the Young Child during the week of April 11-17.

The Week of the Young Child highlights the importance of families, early childhood professionals and communities working together to support every child’s healthy development and early learning.

“Quality early childhood education is one the best investments MountainHeart Community Services Inc. can make for our children’s future,” said Michelle Talkington, community outreach and resource specialist. Research shows that children attending high quality programs are more likely to develop the language, pre-mathematics and social skills they need to succeed in school.

Local celebrations of the Week of the Young Child are designed to build broader support for early childhood programs that nurture young children’s early learning and growth. “Early childhood is where our future begins,” said Talkington. “If we value our children, our families, our schools and our community, we must make accessible, affordable, high-quality early childhood education a priority.”

MountainHeart Community Services advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education, including: providing professional development and technical assistance opportunities; improving the health and safety of child care programs; using developmentally appropriate practices to encourage literacy and learning from birth; and supporting the family’s crucial role in early education.

MountainHeart employs a professional development team that consists of behavior consultants, early childhood specialists, infant toddler specialists, a quality improvement specialist and two TRAILS teams. These early childhood professionals work to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs. MountainHeart’s subsidy team can assist families in applying for subsidy services and educating them on what quality child care looks like.

MountainHeart Community Services Inc. is an affiliate of NAEYC, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age 8.

If you would like more information about services that MountainHeart offers, call your local MountainHeart office.

Child Care Resource and Referral is a program of MountainHeart Community Services Inc. This program is being presented with financial assistance as a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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