HUMMELS WHARF -- Young children in Northumberland, Snyder and Union County early childhood programs donated their art for display at the Susquehanna Valley Mall through Oct. 26.
October is Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children month which recognizes the importance of quality childcare and early learning programs and the children who participate in them.
Opportunities to create art are part of providing quality early learning experiences for young children. 250 pieces of art are featured from 15 programs including Early Head Start, Head Start, Keystone STARS licensed childcare programs and Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts located in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.
The following programs provided children’s art this year: Children’s Discovery Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA-Milton Day Care Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA-Sunbury Day Care Center, Kid’s Korner Learning Center, Little Britches Day Care Center, Little Friends Day Care Center, Loving Hearts Day Care Center-Selinsgrove, Northumberland Area Early Head Start, Northumberland Area Head Start, PA Pre-K Counts- Line Mountain and Shikellamy, Special Tots Time, SUMCD-Lewisburg Children’s Center, SUMCD Head Start Lewisburg, and Sunflower Child Care Center.
Karen Ulp, ECE coordinator, said, “Quality early learning opportunities at home and in early learning programs like these can help our children develop the academic and social skills they will need for kindergarten and beyond. We know from 40 years of research that quality early learning works.”
The Early Care and Education Coalition of Northumberland County and Early Care and Education Team of Union and Snyder Counties which are supported by Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, engage community and business professionals in the work of promoting quality care and education for young children; educate Valley residents about quality early care and education and how it’s tied to the economic and social impact on our communities; and develop relationships between school districts and childcare providers to improve a child’s transition to kindergarten.
For more information about quality early learning visit www.brainybyfive.com or contact Ulp at (570) 988-0993.