Many of us have special memories of childhood. A certain sunny day when our parents taught us how to ride a bike, venturing off to our first day of kindergarten or baking a special batch of cookies with mom.
But among those memories are thousands that fall in with the vast moments of life. Thousands of occasions that we were learning - often with the help of our parents, siblings, church leaders, child care providers and teachers.
This is the Week of the Young Child. The week is nationally observed to raise awareness about the importance of quality experiences in a child's early years. Originally started by the National Association of the Education of Young Children, the week is celebrated throughout the country. Locally, Mayor Gene Beach on Monday made a proclamation at Elim Child Care Center.
Because we know the value of learning and development at an early age, and recognize so many children in need, we ask that you find a way to celebrate the young child, and those around them, this week. We feel each of us should find a way to appreciate and promote the needs of young children and their families.
Now is a time to acknowledge those who work with our young children. Marshalltown is home to many quality programs and people that work with our young children - including child care centers, preschools, pediatricians and so many more. Additionally, many community members and businesses make it a point to support early childhood programming.
It's our hope that you, and the community, commit to ensuring every child is exposed to early learning - at home, at child care, at school and in our community.