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Child development program celebrates ‘Week of the Young Child'

March 25, 2003

Austin Peay will celebrate the Week of the Young Child with an information campaign a week full of events by APSUs Child Learning Center.

The information campaign will be coordinated by run by the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA).

The Week of the Young Child, April 6-12, honors more than 35 million children from birth through age eight, as well as their families, teachers and other adults who assist in their development and help them make the most of their early years.
March 25, 2003

Austin Peay will celebrate the Week of the Young Child with an information campaign a week full of events by APSU's Child Learning Center.

The information campaign will be coordinated by run by the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA).

The Week of the Young Child, April 6-12, honors more than 35 million children from birth through age eight, as well as their families, teachers and other adults who assist in their development and help them make the most of their early years.

“Research and experience clearly show that children's earliest years are crucial learning years,” says Linda Sitton, director of APSU's Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA), the organization coordinating the activities. “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 those opportunities.”

To help promote high-quality child care, preschool and other early education opportunities, TECTA is sponsoring a weeklong information campaign to educate the public on the importance of early childhood development.

“Our focus is to make the childcare providers aware of the national organization and its childcare advocacy campaign,” said Sitton. “Just getting information into people's hands is what's important right now.”

The Child Learning Center at Austin Peay which is overseen by director Rena Miller, is marking the week with parent/children events such as art activities, lunches with parents, door decorating competitions, story readings by members of Student Affairs, decorating the center with the children's artwork and an open house from 3-5 p.m., Friday, April 11.

“This is such an important age to be working with children,” said Miller. “We're helping them to develop, to go on to bigger and better things.”

For more information, telephone Sitton at 7308 or the Child Learning Center at 6234.