Rasmussen College Celebrates 41st Annual Week of the Young Child

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., April 18, 2012 — Rasmussen College is partnering with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for the 41st annual Week of the Young Child. Held from April 22 to 28, the Week of the Young Child will focus on bringing public awareness to the needs of young children and their families, and recognize early childhood education professionals, services and programs designed to meet their needs.

Rasmussen College students and faculty members will support NAEYC's Week of the Young Child with a series of local events and activities aligned with this year's theme: "Healthy Minds! Healthy Children!" Rasmussen College campuses nationwide will host book readings of Feelings to Share from A to Z by Todd and Peggy Snow at local childcare facilities.

Students and faculty members will also host 'Pinwheels for Prevention,' a pinwheel garden display symbolizing child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide. The pinwheels represent Prevent Child Abuse America's efforts to change the way the U.S. thinks about prioritizing prevention and the importance of community activities and public policies that ensure child abuse and neglect never occur.

"Nearly 4,600 children were hospitalized as a result of physical abuse in the U.S. in 2006, and that number is rising year after year," said Cecelia Westby, School Director, Rasmussen College School of Education. "Rasmussen College student and faculty members are taking a stand by joining efforts with the National Association for the Education of Young Children to help bring awareness to child abuse and neglect nationwide."

Participating in Week of the Young Child events enables Rasmussen College to continue its dedication to be a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. Rasmussen College offers Early Childhood Education Associate degrees and Certificate programs for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of early childhood education. The curriculum, based on national best practices in early childhood teacher preparation established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, prepares students for a lifetime of positively influencing children's lives by promoting healthy growth and development in all areas from social to intellectual.

For additional information about Rasmussen College, visit www.Rasmussen.edu .

ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGEAn innovator of higher education, Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited, private college that specializes in offering the most in-demand degree programs in a highly supportive, student-centered educational environment. Rasmussen College offers market-relevant programs from the certificate and diploma level through the associate's and bachelor's level online and across its 22 campuses in the Midwest and Florida to more than 15,000 students. By combining its expertise in career development with high academic standards and with unmatched student support services, graduates of Rasmussen College leave with the most up-to-date knowledge, the skills that employers look for, and the tools to succeed in their chosen field. Since 1900, the primary focus at Rasmussen College has remained constant: student achievement is of the upmost importance, the employer who hires its students continues to be a valued partner, and Rasmussen College is dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu .


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