In celebration of "Week of the Young Child," the Early Childhood Education department of Stanly Community College (SCC) and the Cabarrus Rowan Stanly Association for the Education of Young Children (CRSaeyc) sponsored a Children's Art Show on the Albemarle campus of SCC.
This show displayed the art work of local children ages preschool through age 8 from local schools, child care centers and family child care homes. Parents were invited to come and see their children's art work on display and a special reception was held on Thursday, April 14 in the SCC Library. Representatives from the Norwood Head Start program also attended the event.
"Week 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, developmentally appropriate and safe environment exists for all children.
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.
For more information about the Early Childhood program or CRSaeyc, contact Christy Hopkins at 704-991-0316.
Local children pose in front of their artwork displayed in the SCC Library in celebration of the nationally recognized Week of the Young Child.