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APSU-TECTA celebrates the Week of the Young Child, April 18-24

The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) of Austin Peay, along with hundreds of organizations nationwide, will celebrate the Week of the Young Child, April 18-24, 2004.

Research and experience clearly show that children's earliest years are crucial learning years, says Linda Sitton, APSU-TECTA director. Week of the Young Child is a chance to celebrate the learning opportunities of young children, and to recognize the responsibilities we share for helping them make the most of the early years.
The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) of Austin Peay, along with hundreds of organizations nationwide, will celebrate the Week of the Young Child, April 18-24, 2004.

“Research and experience clearly show that children's earliest years are crucial learning years,” says Linda Sitton, APSU-TECTA director. “Week of the Young Child is a chance to celebrate the learning opportunities of young children, and to recognize the responsibilities we share for helping them make the most of the early years.”

As part of the celebration, APSU-TECTA will honor the directors of Three-Star Quality Childcare Programs in its eight-county area with a luncheon on Tuesday, April 20. The keynote speaker will be Ellen Wolfe, author of “Walking the Dream.”

“Children's opportunities are our responsibilities,” says Sitton. “If we value our children, our families, our schools and our community, we must make accessible, affordable, high-quality early childhood education a priority.”

TECTA advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education, including:

•Providing professional development opportunities and adequate compensation for teachers and staff;

•Improving the health and safety of programs;

•Encouraging literacy and learning from birth; and

•Supporting the family's crucial role in early education.
—Rebecca Mackey