SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 79
April 12, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Week of the Young Child in Virginia--April 21-27, 1996|
The Week of the Young Child will be observed across the nation from April 21-27, 1996. Recently, Governor George Allen signed a proclamation acknowledging Virginia's participation in this observance. A copy of the proclamation is enclosed for your reference. We hope that administrators in your school division will work with school personnel to plan activities to highlight the importance of the first eight years of development, the most critical period in the human life span. Week of the Young Child observances typically include activities and events to increase public awareness of the needs of young children and those conditions that support and promote young children's optimal development. Suggested activities are: - parent workshops on topics such as: curriculum, quality early childhood education, communication, reading, discipline, drug abuse, violence prevention, and play; - special community meetings featuring guest speakers on children's issues; - parents and grandparents day in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grade classes; - displays of children's work at local agencies or in the lobbies of the hospital, bank, or post office; and - a "Children's Day" at elementary schools; i.e., special provisions would be made to include children from local child care centers, or younger siblings of children enrolled in the primary grades. Supts. Memo. No. 79 Page 2 April 12, 1996 For additional information, you may wish to contact the coordinator of the 1995 Week of the Young Child in Virginia, Ms. Dianne Watkins, Richmond City Public Schools, 301 North Ninth Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, telephone: (804) 780-7866. WCBJr/pl Enclosure: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.