Nichole Hannahs

Celebrating Week of the Young Child

by Nichole Hannahs on April 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

In today’s world early childhood education is more important then ever.

Experts report that by kindergarten students are expected to be able to write their name, know their letters and know some numbers. Sunday begins the week of the young child which stressed the importance of educating pre-school aged children whether it’s in a classroom or at home.

"Even the littlest things are important. If you are working on numbers and counting people to sit down at the dinner table say please get out four forks for me, please get out four plates for me. Of course read to your child 20 minutes a day. It will increase their vocabulary, their questioning skills and you will just set them up to open a whole new world to them," said Early Childhood Coordinator for the MVESC Elaine Dodson.

Dodson said as they learn more about child development they find that these years are the most important to set them up for success. If you’re looking for a pre-school Dodson offers some tips.

"Just look for a program that does stress the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards so that you know that your child is learning what they’re supposed to be learning to be ready for kindergarten," said Dodson.

To celebrate Week of the Young Child schools within the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center are setting up displays and artwork in their neighborhoods.