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A dozen children dressed as Alice in Wonderland characters attended Commissioners Court to promote the Week of the Young Child, April 11 to 14.
The purpose of Week of the Young Child, is to draw the public’s attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services. The annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 90,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.
The Hidalgo County Head Start Program currently has 3,690 children enrolled in 41 centers. The children are all between the ages of 3-5 and come from some of the neediest families in Hidalgo County. In addition to education, Head Start also provides health, dental health, mental health, nutrition, special, and social services to the children and their families.
“Our Hero Stories – Books Come Alive” is the theme for this year's week-long celebration. Children will focus on the storybook and animated characters that they have grown to love and read about in the classroom and at home, said Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores.The children, all from the Palmview III center, at Commissioners Court were: Britney Valencia, Andrew Bermudez, Alfredo Villanueva, Erynn Mireles, April Aguirre, Ailin Lopez, Nicole Casarez, David Gonzalez, Adam Bermudez, Analya Robledo, Jorge Gonzalez, and Delanie Fuentes. They were joined by Center Manager Anna C. Cedillo, teacher Iris Gutierrez, and assistant teacher Elizabeth Gutierrez.
Flores also reported that 10 centers qualified for Blue Ribbon status for excellence. The Blue Ribbon centers are: Weslaco I, McAllen V, San Carlos, Progresso, La Estancia, La Herencia, Mercedes I, Edinburg II, UTRGV, and McAllen VI.