Mayor Fiorentini Celebrates the Week of the Young Child at Little Sprouts

Mayor Jim Fiorentini and City Counselor Tom Sullivan visited Haverhill Little Sprouts schools to kickoff Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and celebrates the developmental learning of children ages 0-8.

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Mayor Fiorentini reads to a preschool classroom at the Haverhill-NECC Little Sprouts.

As educators, we are able to make an everlasting impact on the lives of children. Establishing a strong early foundation and love of learning is critical during the early stages of a child’s life.

Haverhill, MA (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

Little Sprouts, a local leader of early education and child care, welcomed Mayor James Fiorentini and City Counselor Thomas Sullivan into their Haverhill preschool classrooms on Monday, April 7th to commence festivities for the Week of the Young Child (WOYC). The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), designed to raise awareness and advocacy surrounding the importance of early childhood learning programs.

The Week of the Young Child serves to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. Early education programs across the country will celebrate WOYC under the theme, “The Early Years are the Learning Years.” The theme showcases the importance of early childhood educators at the heart of quality learning.

Mayor Fiorentini and City Counselor Sullivan were excited to promote the Week of the Young Child by joining forces with preschool teachers to lead story time. Mayor Fiorentini read "Not Your Typical Dragon" by Dan Bar-el with teachers Heidi Crowell and Jenna Smith. City Counselor Sullivan read "When Will It Be Spring?" by Catherine Walters alongside teachers Devon Quagenti and Nicole Falwell.

Mayor Fiorentini and City Counselor Sullivan visited Little Sprouts at the invitation of Executive Directors, Maureen Bly and Heather Mohika. As seasoned directors of Little Sprouts, their passion and commitment to young children in the Haverhill community is matched only by their team of dedicated teachers.

In support of Week of the Young Child, Bly commented, “As educators, we are able to make an everlasting impact on the lives of children. Establishing a strong early foundation and love of learning is critical during the early stages of a child’s life. We think it is important for the Mayor and other civic leaders to see quality early education in practice.” Mohika added, “Our hope is that, by reminding them of the importance of our mission, they will keep education amidst their list of top priorities.”

Little Sprouts’ approach to early education holistically nurtures each individual child in a caring and stimulating environment. The results achieved at Little Sprouts far surpass the national average with 95% of Kindergarten eligible graduates testing early reading proficient, as compared to 84% nationwide.

The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities. During this week, educators, policy-makers, and families recommit themselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment that will promote learning. During this week, and every day, Little Sprouts honors the education of young children.

To learn more about Little Sprouts and to find a location near you, visit http://www.littlesprouts.com.

About Little Sprouts: Little Sprouts has been a leader in providing award-winning early education and care since 1982. Over the past 10 years, Little Sprouts has graduated 95% of students as early reading proficient. Little Sprouts is home to 17 schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, supporting families that reflect 56 cultures, speaking 23 languages, from all different walks of social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. To learn more about Little Sprouts and how they expand the power and potential of early education and child care, visit http://www.littlesprouts.com.


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