Week of the Young Child

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The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2014 Week of the Young Child™ is April 6–12.


Book Nooks

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Dalton State College Athletics Department, Rotary Club of Dalton, and the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia donated funds to purchase Book Nooks! And one volunteer, Frank Hogshead, donated his time and energy to construct them! Book Nooks, or children’s book shelves, are an early literacy initiative of First Five and Readers to Leaders to help create a community of early literacy. These Book Nooks will be placed amongst locations where families have to wait for services, such as the Health Department and doctor’s offices. To learn more about Book Nooks or to sponsor a Book Nook, please view a list of our host sites and contact our United Way AmeriCorps Readers to Leaders VISTA: readers2leadersdw@gmail.com


Reach Out and Read

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A great thank you to Rock Bridge Community Church and the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia for funding Reach Out and Read efforts at two local pediatrics offices: White’s Pediatrics and Pediatrics of Dalton. Reach Out and Read is a national, nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. First Five and Readers to Leaders have set a goal to have Reach Out and Read in at least three pediatrics offices in Dalton by December 2014. To find out how to donate towards Reach Out and Read in Dalton, please contact our United Way AmeriCorps Readers to Leaders VISTA, Melissa Morrison, at readers2leadersdw@gmail.com. To find out more about the national Reach Out and Read Program, visit http://www.reachoutandread.org/


Prenatal Care for All Women


We know how important prenatal care is to our future leaders of America. However, we have discovered that in the Dalton-Whitfield community, fewer women receive medical prenatal care than state and national averages. Many of these women are uninsured and of lower socioeconomic levels. Through collaboration between the local health agencies and providers, the First Five healthcare subcommittee is actively searching for solutions to promote prenatal care and education for all women within the community.


Parent-Child Interactive Classes


In collaboration with Readers to Leaders, we are piloting 6-week Saturday activities for parents and children ending April 12. Please contact Katy Green at kbgreen@uga.edu for additional information regarding our young child Saturday activities.