Exceptional Children’s Week


WHEREAS, the most precious and vulnerable of Virginia’s citizens are infants and young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities; and

WHEREAS, across the Commonwealth there are over 22,600 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with identified disabilities being served in a range of settings such as family, public and private day care, and private and public early childhood education programs; and

WHEREAS, families across the Commonwealth will have options to choose from quality rated early childhood programs because of collaborative partnerships; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children supports individuals who work with infants, toddlers, and young children with developmental delays and other disabilities and their families by promoting collaborative partnerships, encouraging research and innovation, and spreading awareness of current issues affecting early childhood special education; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Division for Early Childhood seeks to promote and recognize the work of early childhood special educators, related service providers, paraeducators, families of infants and young children with disabilities and the meaningful activities of all its members through the establishment of “Virginia’s Exceptional Children’s Week;”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 4-10, 2014, as EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN’S WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.