Early childhood development takes spotlight during The Week of the Young Child

05.15.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – Crazy socks, a school parade and a discussion on the outlook of childhood development in America were some of the activities that took place during The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) celebration at San Jacinto College.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  San Jacinto College featured WOYC theme days for children at The Laboratory Schools, where they wore their favorite dance and active wear for Music Monday, brought healthy snacks while donning crazy socks for Tasty Tuesday, professional wear on Work Together Wednesday, art clothes for Artsy Thursday and class-made T-shirts for the school parade on Family Friday.

The week also featured a panel discussion around the screening of “Raising of America.” Panelists included Jo Carcedo with the Episcopal Health Foundation, Kim Kofron with the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Dr. Quianta Moore with Rice University and Dr. Beth Van Horne with the Children’s Learning Institute. “Raising of America” is a documentary series about early childhood development that goes beyond parenting to explore how social conditions, public polices and inequities impact children.

Moore said there is no substitute for one-on-one communication between an adult and a child, known as serve and return. “I grew up in a community and always had a sense of community and engagement,” said Moore. “Now, we live in such an isolated society. I would say we are at a crossroad, where we have an opportunity to really make a turn in the right direction.”

Both San Jacinto College Lab Schools at the North and Central Campuses are accredited by the NAEYC and are licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service. The schools are a part of the child development/early childhood studies program at the College.

"Every child care provider who goes to work everyday is developing the future of our country,” said Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith, chair of child development, education and psychology at San Jacinto College. “We want to let them see what we do here at the lab school and provide them with the resources to successfully make a positive impact on children."

For more information about the San Jacinto College Lab Schools, visit sanjac.edu/career/child-developmentearly-childhood-studies.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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