The Joliet Township High School Infant Childcare Center was recently featured in the latest issue of Early Learning Insights, a publication of the Illinois Governor's
Office of Early Childhood Development.
The article features the JTHS Infant Center's celebration of the Week of the Young
Child. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning,
young children, their teachers, and families. In recognition of the national
celebration, the Joliet Township High School Infant Childcare Center hosted an Open
House on April 18th. The Center staff have been providing education and support for teen parents and their children since 1996 and is an ExceleRate Gold Level program. The program currently serves young parents enrolled in District 204.
The program's mission is to engage, support and maintain attendance of young parents during high school completion, strengthen their parenting skills and knowledge of resources, support the healthy development and exploration of young children in a safe environment and be a passionate model of best practices in the early childhood community. Young parents participate in a daily class in which they obtain research-based child guidance skills, work place skills and career guidance. Daily parent-child bonding experiences are a large part of the program and are encouraged through parent-child class time and family events. The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development was honored to be invited to celebrate the children, families and staff of the Joliet Township High School Infant Childcare Center in recognition of the Week of the Young Child.