We know how important children’s earliest years are in shaping their learning and development. Never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how critical child care is for all children and families.
This week is the 50th Anniversary of Week of the Young Child and a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities. We must ensure that every child experiences high-quality early learning—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community. Our community partners and leaders have been working together to ensure the needs of children, families, and child care educators are a priority. Sue Lempert highlighted this work in her Daily Journal Column, and reminds us of how much more remains to be done.