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Melendez & NCC reinforce early childhood development

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 10, 2014 At 11:03 AM

Even the littlest learners are celebrating Week of the Young Child.

Catherine Neiswonger, Director of the Child Development Lab School at Norwalk Community College said, "Week of the Young Child is a national  event. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Literacy is one of our biggest pushes here and we are spending a lot of time enforcing the importance of reading."

Councilwoman Eloisa Melendez visited Norwalk Community College's Child Development Lab School Thursday morning to read to some of their youngest students.

"As people who represent the City, we still represent these little kids too. I think it's important to interact with them and make sure they are learning too read and enjoying school as much as possible," said Councilwoman Melendez.

Staff at the Child Development Lab School say reading to young children is more than just helping learn how to read.

"It's how we develop language," said Neiswonger. "We expose children to all different interesting words and language through reading books to them. It helps them become familiar with the meaning of print and those little squiggly shapes and lines, they have meaning and they create words and those words create sentences and those sentences create stories."

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