County Executive Supports the Month of the Young Child
Annapolis, MD (April 11, 2007) - County Executive John R. Leopold reminds citizens that April is the "Month of the Young Child."
Anne Arundel County has been cited nationally as a leader for its programs and initiatives impacting children from birth to five years old. One of the initiatives is the Leadership in Action Program (LAP) sponsored by The Local Management Board and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The program brings together community leaders, representatives from family-serving agencies and the local business community to develop a county wide strategic action plan. The plan focuses on ensuring that all children in Anne Arundel County enter school fully ready to learn as measured by the Maryland State Department Education’s Work Sampling System.
"There is no reason that our young children are going to kindergarten without knowing their alphabet, numbers and colors," said County Executive Leopold. "This month the County will offer a number of programs focusing on all levels of preschool education."
The County Executive is calling on Anne Arundel Community College, the County Public School System, the County Health Department, the Community Action Agency (HEAD START), the public library and a number of other organizations to address this serious problem.
Below is a list of activities planned for April:
- April 12th -" Get Ready to Read" - Free workshop on Literacy for Preschoolers 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. For more information call (410) 990-1993.
- April 28th - ‘MAKING STRONG CONNECTIONS - The Impact of Social/Emotional Development on School Success" Contact Debbie Langer, Arundel Child Care Connections at (410) 222-1719. Several early childhood agencies and organizations are participating in the Conference.
- April 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North County Branch Library: "GROW RIGHT GROW BRIGHT" training for informal child care providers. Contact: Joan Bradford at (410) 222-7371
- BABIES IN BLOOM: A half-hour program for babies up to 24 months and their parents and caregivers to stimulate early infant development. Each program is followed by Family Tree - Tots Line (contact: Estee Summers, Director, (410) 266-3842) discussing issues and concerns related to caring for very young children. Various dates for the program follow:
Annapolis: April 12 and April 26, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Crofton: April 21 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Edgewater: April 18 and 25 at 10 a.m.
Maryland City at Russett Center: April 25 at 10 a.m.
Mountain Road: Aril 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Provinces: April 11 at 10 a.m.
Severna Park: April 12 at 9:30 a.m.
West County: April 11 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and April 14 at 10 a.m.
- Story time for children two to five years old at various library branches, various times, but not specifically in celebration of the Month of the Young Child
- MOYC displays, various library branches.
- April 25th Anne Arundel Community College and the Teacher Education and Child Care (TEACH) Institute will host the annual Anne Arundel County Public Schools Career Day for those students enrolled in the public high schools' Child Development program on Wednesday, April 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Arnold campus. Contact (410) 777-2222 for more information.
- April 28th, Louis L. Aymard Jr., director of the Parenting Center at AACC, will present the keynote address, "We Need to See the Views from our Children's Shoes: Lessons I've Learned from Years as a Child Psychologist" at the annual Month of the Young Child Conference April 28 at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis sponsored by the Anne Arundel Child Care Connection. AACC is participating in the conference as well. Contact (410) 777-222
- Just missing April, the HEALTHY BABIES COALITION will kick-off on May 3 at the Meade Village Community Center. Contact for this event is Laurie Fetterman at (410) 222-7203
- Tots Line will participate in the Public Library’s Babies in Bloom programs as described above. In addition, during April, which is also Child Abuse Prevention Month, Family Tree will be distributing "Make Life Sweet" packets with tips on relieving stress. Contact Estee Summers at (410) 266-3842
- Celebrations with families at various Head Start sites and times. Early Head Start, Shadyside Contact is Carmelia Hicks, (410) 867-8945
- YWCA West County Family Support Center - Contact Diana Taylor, (410) 551-2411