Berea College’s Knox Promise Neighborhood Celebrates Week of the Young Child

Knox Promise Neighborhood and Partners for Education at Berea College are celebrating The Week of the Young Child by displaying the works of local children throughout the community, partnering with elected officials to proclaim April 16-20 as the official Week of the Young Child in Knox County and Barbourville, and sharing information with the community about the importance of supporting child development.

The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1971, recognizes that the early childhood years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. According to NAEYC, The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

In recognition of the week and to celebrate early learning, young children, and their teachers and families. Knox Promise Neighborhood will have displays located throughout the town highlighting the development of writing skills, starting as young as age one.

“These displays will show how those uncontrolled marks on paper that toddlers will proudly create is actually more than just marks,” said Kristy Lovell, early childhood coordinator with Knox Promise Neighborhood.  “The display will walk you through how the skill development of writing moves from those unorganized marks and scribbling to more controlled scribbles that begin to move to more controlled shapes, possibly random letters that may not be printed correctly and often times are familiar letters found in their name. Correct spelling may not be present, but their ability to sound out the words to find letters give a true understanding of what the child is trying to say.”

Birth to age 5 is considered to be the early years, with birth to age 3 being the time when a child’s brain grows and develops more and faster than any other time throughout their life,” she added. “Experiences are crucial to a child’s development, have a lasting impact on the child’s health and ability to learn and success in school, and in life in general – so we want to focus on those positive experiences,” she added.

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