Dixie State University’s president kicks off ‘Week of the Young Child’ reading challenge

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (News4Utah)  Dixie State University President Richard B. Williams and First Lady Kristin Williams read to kids at DSU’s preschool Tuesday promoting “Week of the Young Child.”

The president is challenging 25,000 leaders across the state of Utah to read with children.

Celebrated by the National Association for Educators of Young Children since 1971, the Week of the Young Child raises awareness nationwide of the needs of young children and the services that are available to meet these needs.

“The early years of a child are critical to their development,” Dr. Cari Buckner, DSU’s Family Studies and Human Development Department chair, said. “We know that children’s brains develop while participating in experiences such as studying a bug, mixing two colors to make a new color, experimenting with magnets around the kitchen and making up stories. Reading to young children helps them understand how letters and words go together to create meaning as well as developing a sense of story. Through play, exploration and discovery, a child’s brain develops connections that will help the child be successful throughout life.”

To learn more about Dixie State University’s Early Childhood Education program, visit fshd.dixie.edu. For more information about the DSU Preschool, visit fshd.dixie.edu/preschool.

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