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Hats are off to all who work with young children [UPDATED]

Published 8:56am Friday, April 12, 2013 Updated 10:58am Friday, April 12, 2013

It’s Week of the Young Child April 14-20, and we’re thinking about all the many people in this community who help shape the minds and lives of our youngest citizens every day.

• The parents who work all day, but find time to sit down, read a book and cuddle with their child.

• The care providers and educators who offer children a safe, nurturing place to learn and grow.

• The dentists who are willing to give oral health exams to children as young as one because they understand the importance of early care and detection.

• The school board members who vote to include early learning as an integral part of their school curriculum.

• The police officers who make it their mission to safeguard our little ones.

• The Early Childhood Initiative coordinators who bring all of these people together — and then some — to come up with ways to make your community the best place for your young children to thrive and succeed in school and in life.

• To all of you we say thank you for a job well done. We are proud to be a partner with you.


Nancy Jost,

early childhood


West Central Initiative

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