Carbon County commissioners on Thursday proclaimed this week the "Week of the Young Child."

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, a member of the Carbon County Family and Child Collaborative, read the proclamation aloud at the commissioners' regular public meeting as several representatives from child care agencies and schools listened.

"The benefits of these early education programs extend throughout the community in better school performance, and lower special education and remediation costs," said Evalynn L. Kuehner, Community Engagement Coordinator for Lehigh-Carbon Community College.

"Carbon County has made a smart investment in the future of these children and the future of our county by already having supported these programs throughout the years, and we appreciate all of the support the county gives us," she said.

Jim Thorpe School District Superintendent Barbara Conway also thanked the commissioners for their interest and support.

Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek promised continued support.

"Whatever we can do to help the cause of families and children," he said.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world's largest early childhood education association.

NAEYC established the week in 1971 to bring attention to the needs of children from birth through age 8, when the foundation for success in school and in life is formed, and to recognize the early childhood education programs that help meet those needs.