Children from child care centers and homes across Richmond County enjoyed a special treat Thursday as the Richmond County Partnership for Children hosted a day at their office. Children enjoyed activities such as fishing for prizes, storytelling, outdoor dancing as well as homemade ice cream.
The Partnership hosts the day each year during Week of the Young Child, which focuses attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
“The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities,” said Martha Vance Brown, executive director of the Partnership, “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.
“Early learning experiences are crucial to the growth and development of young children,” she said. “The Week of the Young Child provides opportunities for all of us to recognize the importance of the early years and to work together to build better futures for all children. Never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.”
In North Carolina, an estimated 632,823 children are aged birth to 4-years-old, and approximately 1,250 Richmond County children are enrolled in child care, including full-day care and after-school care. The Partnership’s mission is to create a higher quality of life for all children ages birth to 5 in our county.