‘Week of Young Child’ begins

FAIRMONT – Cows in the pool, loud donkey braying and a couple of rounds of dog named BINGO.

Mayor Randy Quiring visited preschool classes in Fairmont on Monday to read stories and sing songs in honor of The Week of the Young Child.

Fairmont Early Childhood Initiative, which comprises early childhood professionals, community representatives and volunteers, is heading up the local effort. Nationally, the week is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and is intended to spotlight the needs of young children.

Surrounded by well-behaved 4- and 5-year-olds in a brightly colored room filled with toys and books, Fairmont preschool teacher Cindy Martens said it is important to have time set aside to focus on the youngest students.

“What I hear a lot is, ‘Well, isn’t every day kids day?’ But we have to remember there is big push for early childhood education, and there is a reason for that.”

Understanding that push is what The Week of the Young Child is about: according to ECI, it is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

The local ECI believes quality education should be available for all kids.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experience that will prepare them for life, and the Fairmont area community has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children. The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that early years are learning years for all young children,” the group said in a press release.

Early childhood education will be honored the entire week, with students enjoying guest readers, surprise snacks and special art projects.