Week of the Young Child
During the week of April 7-14, the staff at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services celebrated NAEYC's "Week of the Young Child." Each day of the week had different activities, including a Messy Bus, a parade, and a carnival at Malcolm X College. The Centers had a schedule full of activities to entertain and educate the children. Parents and family members also participated throughout the week, including facilitating classroom projects, wearing special pins, helping compile family books, assisting with supplies, and sharing a family breakfast. We included pictures from St. Vincent's celebrations.
Highlights of the week included a day of presentations at Marillac. Each of the classrooms performed for one another in the motor skills rooms, the wonderful presentations included: acting out stories, musical and dance performances, and presentation of favorite foods. Marillac focused on embracing diversity and encouraging health and safety during their celebrations this year. Chicago firefighters visited the Early Childhood classrooms. They discussed fire safety and children were able to check out their uniforms and equipment. Marillac also had a Workout Day to promote health and exercise.
St. Vincent's recognized Week of the Young Child with special activities as well. Monday started off with a kick-off parade with all of the classrooms in the Early Child Development program participating in a walk throughout Oz Park. In addition, children spent the week composing "All About Me" posters. The Birth-Three section created a Messy Bus in the hallway. Different interactive stations were set up to allow the children to experience different textures and colors. The week concluded with a special performance from an African dance and music troupe.
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.
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