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SCC Celebrates Month of the Young Child

sccnewsicon(April 28, 2014) Stanly Community College is celebrating the Month of the Young Child. This is a time to reflect on the needs of young children, the importance of their care and their value in our society. In celebration of this month, the Stanly Community College (SCC) Early Childhood Department sponsored an Art Show in the Library on the Albemarle campus. This show displayed the art work of children ages preschool through age 8 from local schools, 17 child care centers and family child care homes, and the community throughout the week. Parents were invited to come and see their children’s art work on display and a special reception sponsored by the Cabarrus Rowan Stanly Association for the Education of Young Children (CRSaeyc) was held on Monday, April 7, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Month of the Young Child is also a time to reflect on the importance of the role of early educators in our society and is a great opportunity for parents to tell their child’s early educator “thank you” for the valuable role they play in their child’s life.

In Stanly County, there are 28 licensed child care centers and 17 licensed family child care homes. That is a total of 45 locally owned and operated small businesses that contribute to the success and future growth of Stanly County. These small businesses provide approximately 250 jobs while taking care of approximately 1,290 children aged birth to five and over 350 before-and-after school aged children. This means that the parents or guardians of these children can go to work each day! Licensed child care is an important link in the economy of Stanly County.

When a child is in licensed care, a parent can know that the care is carefully regulated. This means that these programs are monitored and inspected by several agencies – the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, Health and Sanitation, the Fire Department, and Building Inspectors. These agencies ensure that minimum educational requirements of teachers and administrators are met and a nurturing, positive, appropriate and safe environment exists for all children.

To express appreciation to early educators and show the importance that quality early childhood education plays in the local economy, Thursday, April 10 was designated as a special “sticker day,” when parents of children in licensed child care in Stanly County were provided a sticker to wear to work. Without quality early childhood education, parents of young children are not able to work. Without quality early childhood education young children are not prepared for their future.

Research tells us that the educational level of the teacher is among the greatest determining factors in how much a young child learns. Many of the early educators in Stanly County – administrators and teachers – in the licensed centers and homes are graduates or current students in the Early Childhood Department at SCC.

As part of the activities for the Month of the Young Child, the EDU Department at SCC also offered a free class for two DCDEE training hours to local early educators on April 15th. Stanly County Partnership for Children also provided speakers from their Parents as Teachers program for faculty, staff and students.

April is significant to Early Childhood for other reasons. It is also Child Abuse Prevention Month and has been recognized as such through a Proclamation from Governor Pat McCrory. Pinwheels for Prevention are on display on both campus locations for the entire month of April. Amy Yow from the Butterfly House was also a guest speaker on campus for the faculty, staff and students.