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Celebrating the Week of the Young Child

08 Apr 2014 by Kathryn Surchek

Many of us here at Teachstone are parents, or enjoy nieces, nephews, godchildren, and “little friends.” It’s wonderful to welcome new additions to our staff family (the latest arrived just last week!) and to connect with the youngest children.

Not that caring for children is easy! It’s the hardest, most important work ever, filled with exhaustion and doubt and the constant concern of whether we’re doing it “right.” With my own children, I seemed to bounce between poles of absolute certitude (no to “Ferberizing” my babies) and enormous doubt (but she’s almost three and still waking up five to seven times a night!). In the classroom, I wanted so much to help my students grow, but their needs were so enormous (hunger, difficult home lives, substance abuse) that the curriculum and “learning” seemed almost irrelevant.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is celebrating the Week of the Young Child™ April 6-13. It’s a great time to remind ourselves that “children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and 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 their early learning.”

In other words, we’re all in this together, and together, we can help children thrive. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, teachers, and friends, we help children find their place in this world, nurture their talents, and embrace their imperfect and wonderful selves. I thank all of you—and especially my daughters’ first teacher—for your efforts on behalf of children. You make such an enormous difference in their lives!