The week designated to thank early childhood educators in our province continues, and so does the praise they receive.

Mitch Tilk, Program Coordinator with the Portage la Prarie Local Immigration Partnership (PLIP), says that his organization is trying to encourage the community to recognize some of the stars in child care.

"We know that it's a difficult job and oftentimes underappreciated. So, we really want people in the community to recognize and appreciate the work that's going on with early childhood educators in the child care system."

Megan Romphf, cultural connector with PLIP, chimed in, giving her appreciation for early childhood educators and everything they do.

"Taking care of children is not an easy task. As a community, we really need to show them that we're behind them and that we appreciate all of the time and effort spent with our children, our grandchildren, and the time that they take away from their own homes and their own children."

Romps adds that early childhood education ensures that children are well-rounded and equipped with the necessary tools to be socially adequate, socially ready, and prepared for the school years ahead.

"It also ensures that kids get their social benefits and play-based learning that you would not normally get at home sometimes. I'm not saying that parents don't put the time in and just, going to daycare or to a nursery school program really brings that readiness to school when they go."

April 24-30 has been recognized as Early Childhood Educator Week in the province.

Charlene Ortiz.Charlene Ortiz.