The Aroostook County Action Program is dedicating this week to young children. It’s the annual “Week of the Young Child” to celebrate the importance of early childhood developmental opportunities and more.
It’s about bringing attention to the needs of young children and their families, those especially below the poverty line who have needs.
Cathy Bohls, Preschool Education, “They have needs for services for child care, for education, for health services.”
That’s why this week, from April 7th through the 11th, ACAP is holding community informational and educational sessions at it’s Caribou, Presque Isle, Fort Kent, and Houlton locations. The Week of The Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is the worlds largest early childhood education association. The program is designed to make sure the community is aware of the number children that have needs.
Bohls, “For example here in Presque Isle, the St. Apollonia Dental Clinic opened not too long ago and that filled a really big need for children for dental care children that don’t have private insurance – children that have Mainecare but didn’t have access to dental care.”
Each of the 4 locations will have different events planned with specials guests each day from local service departments.
Bohls, “The idea is to get people from the general public, people who are supporters and partners to come and join in, to have special events for families and the children that go to head start or early head start or child care at those centers.”
The Week of the Young Child is organized across the nation by NAEYC, or the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition the week long sessions, each location will have more information available for early childhood education and health programs.
To find out about times and what’s happening each day, you can call the child and family center at ACAP. Caribou 207-496-7681 Fort Kent 207-834-5290 Houlton 207-532-0907 Presque Isle 207-764-0733