Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee reads a proclamation declaring April 11-17 the Week of the Young Child in the city. The proclamation touted the efforts of Friends of Children, Head Start, the Laurel School District and Nurture Our Future, a new non-profit whose stated mission is to support children from the time of birth to age 10. “Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and to succeed in life,” Magee said. “The future of the City of Laurel and every other community in this nation depends upon the success of our young children through the coming years.” Nurture Our Future features a “brain bus,” which has been described as a cross between a bookmobile and a mobile playground. It will travel around Jones County offering “developmentally appropriate” playgroups for children 5 and under. Magee concluded: “These organizations are working to promote and inspire high quality early childhood experiences for our city’s youngest citizens, that can provide a foundation of learning and success for children in the City of Laurel.”

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