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Celebrate Week of the Young Child

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of a child's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. The Marathon County Early Years Coalition is working to raise awareness about the critical importance of the first five years of a child's life to their future success.

The Week of the Young Child™, April 6-12, is a time to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment - at home, at child care, at school, and in the community - that will promote early learning. It 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 all play important roles in the lives of young children. There are more than 35 million children from birth through age eight in this country and in Marathon County alone there are nearly 8,700 children under age five.

Every adult in this community has opportunities to make a difference, from volunteering at a local program to supporting efforts that help more young children benefit from quality early education. The early years are a crucial time for growth and development, and a time when we can all help children prepare to succeed in school and in life.

The Marathon County Early Years Coalition members encourage you to take time to celebrate young children and Week of the Young Child™ by attending the 41st Annual Children's Festival on Saturday, April 12, from 9:00am-3:00pm, Marathon Park!

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