During the Week of the Young Child this week, the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is highlighting a few local partners doing their part to provide quality early childhood education and care to the young people in our community. New View Head Start is one of those partners who celebrates young children all year long through its curriculum.
“The Week of the Young Child is so important for awareness because I think there are a lot of people who don’t know how critical it is for that education to start when kids are younger,” said Kari Williams, teacher and site supervisor at New View Head Start. “This week really brings to light the importance of making sure kids are academically and socially ready for kindergarten.”
This week, children at New View Head Start will get to participate in the study of bugs, parachute play, relay races, drawing photos, bubble play and learning the importance of staying active outside. In addition to preparing them academically, Head Start has a strong focus on teaching children how to deal with their emotions, as well as engaging parents in a child’s learning.
“I’m a strong believer that quality early childhood education is crucial, and it begins in centers like ours as well as in the home,” continued Williams. “We try to offer opportunities for parents to be engaged in their child’s learning experience here and provide them with the tools they will need at home.”
Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program that focuses on increasing the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families through education, health, social, and other services. They have 14 classroom centers, located in Dubuque, Jackson, and Delaware Counties that can serve up to 225 children. To learn more about Head Start, visit http://www.operationnewview.org/programs/head-start/.
To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit http://www.naeyc.org/woyc.