Local businesses are offering specials in celebration of The Week of the Young Child next week.
On Tuesday, April 5, young children get $1 slices of pizza at Cubbers in Bristol; and Nino’s in Middlebury is offering $1 slices for kids and $3 off whole pizzas for families. Mad Taco is offering free kids meals with the purchase of a regular meal.
On Wednesday and Thursday, April 6&7, you can go to lu.lu in Vergennes between 3-5 p.m. for $1 creemees.
Additionally local early childhood organizations will be putting up displays in Main Street windows in Vergennes, Middlebury and Bristol.
Here’s what Let’s Grow Kids has to say about The Week of the Young Child:
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association. Vermont is celebrating WOYC for its 50th year, and Governor Scott is expected to sign a Vermont State Proclamation that declares April 2-8, 2022 as “The Week of the Young Child.”
It is a time to focus on the needs of children, families, and the professionals that provide this important work. The earliest years of a child’s life are a crucial time for development, a period with the most rapid brain development, laying the foundation for learning. Yes, children are our future, but more than anything, they need us to be present with them in the here and now.
Political will for early childhood investment is growing across Vermont and the nation, in support of children and families, and the educators who work tirelessly every day to ensure that all children receive what they deserve — predictable, warm, and nurturing relationships with those who challenge their thinking and invest in their curiosities, interests and global development.
For this work to happen, early childhood professionals deserve proper compensation and health care. Families need increased funding supports in order to equitably access high quality care and education, vital to the well-being and development of children.
There are a number of initiatives in Montpelier to support financial assistance for families, to increase childcare capacity, and to increase excellence in the field. A revenue-generating investment over time will save tax dollars, help families to be more economically secure, and support children in living healthier lives and succeeding in life.
Addison County providers come together monthly to collectively use their voices to advocate for children, families, educators, and the overall health of our communities. Please join us in advocating for early childhood care and education and show your appreciation and hope for the important and complex work early childhood professionals do.
Visit letsgrowkids.org and sign the 2022 Child Care Transformation Plan to show your support. Let’s Grow Kids will do the work of finding your legislators for you and sending a prewritten and customizable message.