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Butts County celebrates Week of the Young Child

The Butts County Early Learning Community Based Partnership and the Butts County Schools ask our community to come together for children during Week of the Young Child: April 11 - 17. As part of the national Week of the Young Child, which is celebrated across the country, The Early Learning Community Based Partnership and the Butts County Schools are celebrating young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.

"All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life and Butts County has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children," said Melissa Morris, Early Childhood Student Services Coordinator for the Butts County Schools. "Week of the Young Child is a time for Butts County to recognize that early years are learning years for all young children."

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits to Butts County. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

Charlie Brown, mayor of the City of Jackson, signed a proclamation declaring April 11 - 17 Week of the Young Child. Celebrations during this week include recognition of early learning professionals in Butts County, honoring of the Butts County Board of Education for their commitment to early learning, and a literacy event featuring master storyteller Mama Koku.

The Butts County Early Learning Community Based Partnership is a school readiness initiative funded by Smart Start, the early childhood division of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. ELCBP provides technical assistance and resources to the Butts County Schools to address the early learning needs of young children in Butts County. With the support of the ELCBP, Butts County Schools has begun a Parents As Teachers program. Parents As Teachers is an international program designed to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop and grow during the crucial early years of life. If you would like more information on this free program please call 770-504-2332 and ask for Christy Goolsby or Sheryl Warner.