>   The Jefferson County Early Childhood Committee asks Jefferson County to come together for children on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m., for the annual Early Childhood Parade in Madras.
   As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, the Early Childhood Committee is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
   "All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and we in Jefferson County have a great opportunity to do our part to help young children," said Tryna Muilenburg, program manager of the Commission on Children and Families.
   "Week of the Young Child is time to recognize the importance of early learning for all young children, and to bring Jefferson County together to help give all young children a great start," she said.
   The Jefferson County Early Childhood Committee works to address early childhood issues in the community. The members share resources and plan activities that address the needs of young children and their families.
   Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
   Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits to Jefferson County.
   Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.
   The Early Childhood parade has a jungle theme. It will begin at the Jefferson County Public Library at Seventh and E streets, and will continue up Seventh Street ending at Sahalee Park.
   Fun activities will be offered to young children and their families in the park until 1 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
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