Support early learning

To the Editor:

Did you know that a child’s first 1,100 days are especially critical to brain development? Young children in Fairmont and Martin County deserve the best that we can give them.

“Week of the Young Child,” April 6-12, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children and “Week of the Young Child” celebrates their efforts.

We can show support for early learning in our community promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.

A special thank you to the community and volunteers for your support of the 29th annual Family Fun Fair held March 28 and attended by more than 400 families with young children. This event is one of our best examples of how much our area citizens and service agencies care about our young citizens.

“Week of the Young Child” is an excellent time to remind us that “Early Years are Learning Years.”

Roni Dauer, director, Fairmont CER

and volunteer, Fairmont Area Early Childhood Initiative