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Letter to the Editor: Every day should be 'Kids Day'

"Why isn't there a Kids' Day?"

As youngsters, many of us no doubt asked that question of our parents on Mother's Day or Father's Day. The answer invariably was, "Because every day is Kids' Day."

We wish it were true.

No, we're not suggesting that children be showered with presents and get breakfast in bed every day. Instead, we're imagining whole communities ensuring that our children - especially our youngest ones - receive the best care and education every single day in order to grow strong physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

Those first five years are the most crucial. On that foundation, a child's success in school and in life is built.

April 22-28 is National Week of the Young Child. It's a week set aside to recognize how important the young children in our lives are.

The strength of our families', communities' and nations' future rests on their fragile shoulders. They deserve the very best we can offer.