News Release

Published on Monday, March 28, 2005

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC), along with hundreds of organizations around the country, will celebrate Week of the Young Child, April 3-9. Week of the Young Child honors the more than 35 million children from birth through age eight in America, and the families, teachers and other adults who help children make the most of the opportunities of their early years.
"Research and experience clearly show that children's earliest years are crucial learning years," said Tracy Craker, WWTC Early Childhood instructor. "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."
Students and staff from WWTC’s Early Childhood Education program will be joining the celebration by putting up display boards around the city, reading stories at a local day care, and selling blue ‘Reminderbands’. The blue bracelets are embossed with the words “Celebrate Children” and can be purchased for $2.00 each by contacting Craker at 789-6144. The goal of these local activities is to build broader support for early childhood programs that nurture young children's early learning and growth.
Jill Wieczorek, a second-year Early Childhood student who is involved in WWTC’s efforts, encourages everyone to celebrate Week of the Young Child by dedicating a few extra minutes to a child. “There are so many things all of us can do to make a meaningful connection in a short time,” she said. “Even the little things can make lasting memories.” Some examples of simple activities include reading a book, doing a puzzle, playing a board game, going outside for a walk, singing songs, drawing, and making a snack. “Just telling a child that they are important can make a difference,” Wieczorek explained.
For more information about Week of the Child, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children Web site at www.naeyc.org. To learn more about WWTC programs or services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at www.wwtc.edu.