Non-profit organizations across the state are partnering together to host hundreds of community events to promote children's week.
On Tuesday in Panama City, Mayor Greg Brudnicki proclaimed April 9th as Parents' and Children's Day. To celebrate, Early Education and Care brought out students from their Headstart program; it's federally funded and designed to provide comprehensive education to three and four year olds.
Most recently you may have heard of the looming cuts to this initiative, that is why parents and organizers say now is best time to bring more awareness to the program's success.
I am very grateful for this organization; they have plenty of resources to parents. They are there when you need them and it's a family based environment," Krystel Williams, a Headstart parents said.
"What we do for our children will make a difference for generations to come and I think it's clear that investments in early education for three and four year olds make great benefits for taxpayers," EEC Chairman Alvin Peters said.
This is the 16th annual Children's Week for the state of Florida; it is also the 40th year for Early Education and Care in Bay County.