Early Childhood Department celebrates Week of the Young Child

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The early childhood center celebrates Week of the Young Child with a teacher; administrator and foster grandparent appreciation day April 16.  File

The early childhood center celebrates Week of the Young Child with a teacher; administrator and foster grandparent appreciation day April 16. File

Children and parents are encouraged to participate in events today through April 17.

By Nathalie Mora

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Week of the Young Child, a national observation, focuses public attention on the rights and needs of young children.

Claudia Gonzalez, early childhood center director, said this week is also to honor the families and teachers who work with young children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children sponsors the week. The Early Childhood Department at this college is an accredited institution of this association, but it doesn’t mean other centers that are not accredited cannot participate.

“We encourage everyone who works with young children to celebrate,” Gonzalez said.

The week kicks off April 10 with Pajama Day, encouraging the children to wear their pajamas to school.

April 11, it’s “Kids Day in the Park” at Camargo Park. This college’s center will have a table set up and prizes will be awarded.

April 13, there will be a parent appreciation brunch from 8-10 a.m. in Room 107 of the early childhood center with a theme of “Crazy Hair.”

April 14 for Sports Day, a demonstration is planned at 10 a.m. on the playground.

For the April 15 Hat Day, children are encouraged to bring a favorite book to school and a librarian from the San Antonio Central Library will read to the children at 3 p.m. on the playground.

On April 16, the center will celebrate with a teacher, administrator and foster grandparent appreciation day. Parents are encouraged to write a special note of appreciation to the caregivers on an apple. All supplies will be available in the lobby of the center. The theme of the day is class spirit.

A “Spirit Day Parade” at 9:45 a.m. April 17 will circle the center with the help of the campus police. Kids are encouraged to wear the designated T-shirt color or theme assigned to their classroom.

A Family Fiesta will be 2-4 p.m. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend and wear their child’s class theme or color to participate in the activities. Door prizes will be awarded.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children has many downloadable activities for parents to do with their children at home, Gonzalez said.

Visit naeyc.org to find activities and other information.

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