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Idaho "Week of the Young Child" - Not All Can Stay Home with Mom

April 24, 2007

Boise, ID - Idaho's "Week of the Young Child" is official today, with the governor signing a proclamation. Early childhood education is the focus, whether it's at home, or in child care, and for most kids, it's child care. Rosemary Shockley is the state chair of this week's event. She says while there is much talk in Idaho about a child's place being at home with mom, she says reality has to be recognized.

“Basically, 60 percent of the women in the workforce have kids that are in child care. And the earliest years of a child's growth and development is when most of the brain growth occurs.”

Shockley cites research that shows high-quality early childhood programs, even at home, help children develop the skills they need to succeed in school, including language, pre-mathematics and social interaction.

She believes there’s a lot the state can do to nurture its youngest citizens, and it takes support for healthy families and child care providers.

“'Kids' early development depends on the health and well-being of the parents and the caregivers. It includes income and job security"

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID