In an effort to improve early learning opportunities for children in Henderson County, the Children and Family Resource Center has teamed with other organizations such as Hands On! and the Henderson County Public Library to celebrate “Week of the Young Child” next week.
“We’re just joining the nation overall in recognizing our young children and focusing on the needs of our young children here in our county,” CFRC Executive Director Elisha Freeman said about the initiative, which is held in partnership with the National Association of Education of Young Children.
In a prelude to the upcoming week’s events, Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk visited CFRC Friday to offer an official proclamation designating April 12-18 “Week of the Young Child” for the city.
“We try to recognize the organizations, and sometimes individuals, who are making a difference in this community — making us a better place to live and providing services for all of our citizens, and in this case our future voters, and to be healthy and well-educated and have good lives ahead of them,” Volk said.
The earliest years of a child’s life are crucial in regard to future success, according to Freeman. “And that’s just because that’s the period of time when our brains are growing most rapidly — all foundation for future learning is laid at that time.”
To help foster that growth and development necessary for a bright future, a host of activities for children and families are slated for next week across Henderson County.
To kick things off, scavenger hunts will be held all week starting at the Henderson County Public Library, with clues guiding children and parents around downtown to educate children and parents about the culture and history of the city.