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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court had 12 young boys and girls as special visitors from the Hidalgo County Head Start Weslaco I facility. Joined by Hidalgo County Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores and Center Manager Natalia Salas, the group was excited to show support for the proclamation declaring April 14th through the 17th of 2014 as "Week of the Young Child." The children were dressed as train conductors in celebration of this years theme, which is "All Aboard the Reading Train." Marely De La Cruz, 3, recited the pledge of allegiance in Commissioners Court and was followed in song by her classmates in singing about the United States Flag. Hidalgo County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the proclamation.
The annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world's largest early childhood education association. The purpose of the "Week of the Young Child," is 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. The Hidalgo County Head Start Program, under the leadership of the County Commissioners and Policy Council, share a vision of dedicated services to the economic and social well-being of children and families and are committed to their safety, education and healthy development, with strong community support.
The Hidalgo County Head Start program, provides quality services to 3,690 children between the ages of 3 to 5 from the neediest families in the County of Hidalgo. These services are in the area of education, health, dental health, mental health, nutrition, special and social service. The Hidalgo County Head Start program encourages families to engage in family and community activities that encourage children to explore and develop confidence and literacy skills. The designation of a week of special recognition for the children of Hidalgo County will provide an opportunity for caregivers to reflect on their child's future and shows the County's support for early learning in the community.
Mrs. Flores and Ms. Salas thanked the court for their continued support and both expressed the importance of The Week of the Young Child in Hidalgo County. Hidalgo County Commissioners Court urges all citizens to work together to help provide children with the support they need to develop skills and confidence, and to find the inner strength and will to make their dreams come true.