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Week of the Young Child is Happening April 13-17, 2020!
Tomorrow kicks off the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) which focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families as well as to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. We all realize that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child supported by the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a time to plan how we as a community, a state, and a nation will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
Join the ELC Team in celebrating the Week of the Young Child with theme days and activities this week. We invite all our students and their families to join in the fun and sharing how they are celebrating this week by sending us pictures of how you are participating and celebrating the Week of the Young Child. Please send your photos to Mrs. Carter ([email protected]) or your child’s teacher to be posted on the ELC Facebook page. We will be sending out posting ideas and activities for each of the Theme days, but we encourage you to be creative and come up with your own ideas!
Week of the Young Child Daily Themes-
Monday, April 13: Music Monday
Tuesday, April 14: Tasty Tuesday
Wednesday, April 15: Work Together Wednesday
Thursday, April 16: Artsy Thursday
Friday, April 17: Family Friday
*mark your calendar for today April 17, from 5:00-5:30 p.m. we invite all ELC students and their families to participate in a parade (quick drive) around the ELC East Parking Lot as the ELC Team waves hello! (We ask that all students and their families remain in their cars to support social distancing for the health and safety of everyone.)
Dates to Remember:
March 16, 2020-May 1, 2020: All SWL Schools Closed
The SWL Early Learning Center Recognized as a 5 STAR
Quality Learning and Development Program
In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the SWL Early Learning Center has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.
Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating. In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:
- Have lower staff/child ratios.
- Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
- Share assessment results and create goals for children.
- Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
- Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
- Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
- Use input from families and community partners’ to inform the program’s continuous improvement process.
- Have accreditation by an approved organization.
The SWL Early Learning Center is proud to be a five-star program. We know that children have approximately 1,892 days from birth until school starts, and every day matters. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning.
Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. For these reasons, the SWL Early Learning Center is committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children.
Adrienne Carter, Principal
“From tiny seeds, grow mighty trees.”