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Early Years Are Learning Years; Rasmussen College Celebrates The Week Of The Young Child

Rasmussen College and NAEYC partner to highlight the importance of Early Childhood Education

April 15, 2013

Erin Werthman
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 15, 2013) – Rasmussen College and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are partnering to celebrate the 42nd annual Week of the Young Child.  The theme for the designated week, April 14 to April 20: “Early Years Are Learning Years,” aims to bring public attention to the needs of young children and their families, as well as recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

“Our faculty and students dedicate their lives to improving the education and care of young children and families,” said Dr. Cecelia Westby, Dean of the School of Education at Rasmussen College. “Through high quality education, the possibilities are endless for our nation’s children. That schooling starts in early childhood learning programs where Rasmussen College students are making a positive impact on those children’s lives.”

Rasmussen College campuses nationwide will host a series of events and activities to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, including book readings of Jonathan James and the What if Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. The book discusses the importance of children persevering during trying times and it was selected as a way to highlight the importance of developing resilience in children.

“Our children are not only being bullied in school, but now on social media.  More than ever before our children are exposed to tragedy and confronted with difficult situations,” said Westby. “This has put a new spotlight on the need for parents and educators to prepare our children to develop coping skills to effectively meet and overcome difficult situations. We have a responsibility to help children develop the resilience to get through trying times.”

Participating in Week of the Young Child is just one of the many ways Rasmussen College supports Early Childhood Education. Rasmussen College offers Early Childhood Education Associate degrees and Certificate programs, and recently launched a fully online accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor’s degree which can be completed in as little as 18 months.  The curriculum is based on national best practices established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and prepares students for a lifetime of positively influencing children’s lives by promoting healthy growth and development.

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Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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