Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 16 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT CONCORD UNIVERSITY CELEBRATING ‘TAKE A FLOWER TO CHILDCARE DAY’

ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Child Development Center is participating in the fourth annual “Take a Flower to Childcare Day” on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event celebrates the work of West Virginia’s dedicated childcare providers.

West Virginia KIDS COUNT sponsors the celebration in an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the important role high-quality childcare plays in the healthy development of young children and in the state’s economic future.

MountainHeart Community Services is once again assisting KIDS COUNT by organizing local “Take a Flower to Childcare Day” activities including the one at Concord and others in Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, McDowell, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Webster and Wyoming counties.

Thousands of individuals have taken part since the program was launched in 2008 by presenting childcare providers with flowers of gratitude for the important work they do.

Margie Hale, executive director of KIDS COUNT, says, “We are so pleased that ‘Take a Flower to Childcare Day’ has become a much-anticipated annual event. Since 2008, West Virginia, parents, children and community leaders have taken advantage of this opportunity to show childcare providers just how important they are to working families. And, we’re always delighted to see all the creative ways that West Virginians express their appreciation through flowers.”

According to Hale, 64,000 West Virginia children under age six spend a large part of their day in the care of someone other than their parents because their parents are working. Tens of thousands of hard-working families need the daily support of high-quality childcare programs, she said.

“This year, we are particularly interested in finding local businesses to participate by ‘adopting’ a nearby childcare center and showering its staff with flowers of appreciation,” MountainHeart’s Child Care Supervisor Donna England said. “To encourage business involvement, KIDS COUNT has once again made participation in the event part of its Business on Board with Childcare! award program.”

For more information on “Take a Flower to Childcare Day” at Concord or KIDS COUNT’s “Business on Board with Childcare” award program contact England at donna.m.england@wv.gov or 304-253-7654. Information on “Take a Flower to Childcare Day 2011,” is also available at www.wvkidscount.org

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