Young Children and Their Educators are Celebrated

Stanly Community College (SCC) recently celebrated National Week of the Young Child, April 13 – 17. This time is a reflection on the needs of young children, the importance of their care and their value in our society.

In celebration, the SCC Early Childhood Education Department in collaboration with the Cabarrus Rowan Stanly Association for the Education of Young Children (CRSaeyc), sponsored an Art Show in the Learning Resources Center on the Albemarle campus. This show displayed the art work of children ages preschool through 8 from local schools, child care centers and family child care homes in the community. Parents were invited to come and see their children’s art work on display and a special reception was held on Monday, April 13.

The Week of the Young Child is also a time to reflect on the importance of the role of early childhood educators in our society and is a great opportunity for parents to tell their child’s 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.

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 Education Department at SCC.

For more information about the Early Childhood and School Age Education programs at SCC, please visit the website at www.stanly.edu or contact Christy Hopkins at 704-991-0316.

Children Art Show

SCC Children’s Art Show – pictured (left to right): Kylie Turner with mom Candace, Madde Allman, Derrick Shaver, Curtis White, Naomi Allen, Diya Sharma, Ella Shelton, Lilly Shelton, and Eli Furr with mom Katie.