Almost every week or month, it seems there is recognition of a cause or movement. The recognition raises awareness and expresses appreciation for either progress or need for change regarding the cause represented.
NAEYC focuses public attention on needs for Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs and services
We are about to enter the Week of the Young Child™ Celebration (April 6 – 12). The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of this celebration is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
One of the most significant movements in America today emphasizes Early Childhood Education. Millions of children are assisted by these programs every day.
In light of the fact the years of early development are so critical to future physical, emotional and relational lives of these children, the training, education and characteristics of the staff who facilitate these programs and care for our children becomes significant. They must be trained to be healthy caregivers.
The staff really become surrogate parents during the time that the children are in their care.
Just like parents of young children who need to know the ages and stages of their children, how to discipline, nurture, listen to, affirm and communicate with children at age-appropriate levels, so do those who daily care for those children while the parents work. Difficult economic times have made it even more essential to provide these children and parents quality ECE programs for their children.
Lakeside is working diligently in the Greater Philadelphia Area
I am pleased to say that Lakeside is working diligently in the Greater Philadelphia Area to provide comprehensive training to early childhood leaders and staff through the support and connections of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Through our Institute for Family Professionals we are so very pleased to provide professional development training to hundreds of staff members who work with children in a variety of early childhood settings.
Our ECE centers have a source of great training and support thanks to our partnership with United Way. I consistently hear of the huge difference it makes in the lives of staff and the children they serve to have quality training and support. Additionally, we are offering parenting education to the parents who have children in these centers.
I can’t think of a better way to honor young children, parents and caregivers than to provide them with the most current research and training. This knowledge and skill will enable and empower them to create healthy environments for our young children. It is my hope that this will soon be available to all early childhood centers in our country.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside Educational Network