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NAEYC's Week of the Young Child

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Week of the Young Child

During the week of April 23-27, the staff at Marillac Social Center and St. Vincent de Paul Center celebrated NAEYC's "Week of the Young Child." Each day of the week had a separate theme, including a story bus, a petting zoo, and crazy hat day. 

The children had the opportunity to get up close and personal with their furry friends at the petting zoo.  The preschoolers were delighted and intrigued by the charming little creatures, as they reached out to touch and talk to them.  A few of the more cautious children tentatively observed the animals, trying to make sense of the “petting zoo thing.” However, after watching their classmates exchange giggles and hugs with the animals, the ambivalent youngsters gained the courage to get in on the action.

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by NAEYC. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. 

Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations. Marillac Social Center and St. Vincent de Paul Center are proud to have received re-accreditation from NAEYC in 2010.

For more information about the standards upheld by our NAEYC accredited programs please, CLICK HERE.

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