The Harnett County Partnership for Children (HCPC) hosted Leaders for Readers on April 25th, 2012 in celebration of Week of the Young Child. Week of the Young Child is a national annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 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.
HCPC was delighted to have former educator, Fay Etheridge, Superintendent of Harnett County Schools, Tom Frye and Candidate for NC House of Representatives, Joe Langley participate in Leaders for Readers. The group enjoyed breakfast at the Harnett County Partnership for Children while discussing early childhood topics and discussing the importance of early childhood investments. “Children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired. With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready, have higher graduation rates and grow into productive citizens” stated Lisa Familo, Executive Director of HCPC.
Following the breakfast, participants departed to three local NC Pre-K classrooms to read and spend time with Harnett County’s youngest citizens.
NC Pre-K is North Carolina’s Pre-kindergarten program for four-year old children. It is designed to help prepare four year old children for kindergarten, through a curriculum-based, classroom style learning environment. Each Leaders for Readers participant read the book “The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf. Fay Etheridge read at Lillington-Shawtown Elementary School, Superintendent Tom Frye read at North Harnett Primary School and Joe Langley read at Lilly Pads Child Development Center.
The Harnett County Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization which utilizes Smart Start and NC Pre-K funds as well as private donations to provide programs and services that impact children during the earliest years of life, birth through age five. For more information about Smart Start services in Harnett County, please contact (910) 893-2344 or www.harnettsmartstart.org.