Week of the Young Child

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April 14 – 20, 2013

The Week of the Young Child is a great time for parents and child care providers to celebrate their partnership. High quality child care helps parents work without worry, helps providers develop their small businesses, and helps the employers in the community build a stable workforce.

Child care providers nurture and support children. They teach and coach through planned activities that meet children’s needs. Their collaboration with parents ensures that every child arrives at school with the tools to succeed. These early years ARE learning years, and the best programs have a play-based approach.  Here are some ways that high quality child care impacts children’s learning:

Giving time and materials to explore how the world worksHealthy Snack

Talking about everyday things to build language

Asking questions to spark creativity

Building a safe and comfortable learning space

Serving healthy foods to support physical development

Modeling peaceful problem-solving

Developing a sense of competence by repeating activities

The Week of the Young Child is a celebration of the potential of every child.  We thank all of the parents and child care providers who work for the success of the children in our community.

Help Us Grow a Healthier Community

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Community Action Planning Council is gearing up for the second annual Seeds & Needs campaign with promotional support from local radio station TUNES 92.5 FM.  We are collecting packets of fruit and vegetable seeds, small potting spades, start-up potting cups, and bags of potting soil – all of which will be used to promote and encourage healthy eating to low-income families.

The local community is invited to support Seeds & Needs by making a financial contribution, organizing a gardening supply drive or placing a box within your place of work that encourages customers and coworkers to donate gardening supplies.  Or help spread the word about Seeds & NeedsClick here to download and print the flyer.

Come Grow with UsIn June, we celebrate the campaign’s success with a special “Come Grow with Community Action” event, during which individuals will be provided with the knowledge and supplies to start their own

Community Action Planning Council is home to a food pantry, and each year we distribute food to thousands of low-income households who cannot afford healthy food options.  By supporting Seeds & Needs, you help to make fresh produce more accessible to these families.

For more information about Seeds & Needs, please contact MaryJane Mathewson at 315.782.4900, ext. 233.