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NPRC Celebrates Week of the Young Child (WOYC)

April 2, 2022 1:03 pm

NPRC Celebrates Week of the Young Child to support early education

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College is excited to once again celebrate Week of the Young Child (WOYC) April 2-8, 2022. This event was developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to challenge the early education community to “Step It Up” and spread the word about the importance of high-quality early learning, and the critical role early childhood educators play in a child’s development and learning.

On March 8, President Snelick signed a proclamation to advance the Early Childhood Education (ECE) profession. This proclamation acknowledged the following:

  • High-quality ECE is depends on high-quality early childhood educators who ensure that children, supported by families, have the early experiences they need for a strong foundation.
  • Many early childhood educators do not have equitable, affordable access to needed ECE credentials and degrees.
  • Early childhood educators need a mixed-delivery early childhood education system of degrees and credentials that allows them to select the setting that best meets their needs.
  • Early childhood educators need opportunities to acquire critical skills, knowledge, and competencies through pathways to credentials and higher education degrees, without incurring college debt.

President Snelick and Northern Pennsylvania Regional College recognize the complex, valuable, and demanding work of educators and that when our society helps educators, we also help children and families. All early childhood educators should be valued, respected, and compensated for the important roles they play.

Our early childhood education students and partners are taking an active part this week to share their work and how they engage their students and the profession. Join them on social media or at home and help us celebrate Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, or Family Friday!

Use the hashtag #WOYC22 or tag NPRC’s social media pages to share with us the ways your children learn as they sing, cook together, build together, create art, and celebrate their families.

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