The Week of the Young Child

by Emily Roberts | Apr 24, 2018

This post was written by our Program Director of Children's Educational Services, Bergen Bartram.

Last week our Child Development Center celebrated the Week of the Young Child! Each year, the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) designates a week to honor early learning and the families at our shelter were able to be a part of the celebration.

The theme for this special celebration was “You are my Sunshine,” reminding the children at our shelter who have been exposed to such trauma that they bring sunshine and light into many lives. Each day during the Week of the Young Child we celebrated in a different way.

Monday’s celebration was dedicated to music. The children enjoyed a dance party in a room filled with instruments, ribbons, disco lights, and more allowing the kids to have fun and be active.

Tuesday was "Taco Tuesday" – a day dedicated to taste! The generous cooking staff at our Emergency Shelter created a menu full of fun flavors while also promoting healthy eating habits and fitness.

Wednesday was “Work together Wednesday.”  Children used our large Rigamajig to construct the fort of their dreams! Their creative skills were reinforced while exploring math and science concepts. 


On Thursday the kids focused on art by using their handprints to create a large sun. The mural reminds the children that by working together they can make something beautiful. And, the final product is a wonderful addition to our lobby!


Friday was “Family Friday.” Our Behavior Intervention Specialist, Gennie, offered a free parent training to support parents who have questions about their child’s development and behavior. Immediately following the training the Child Development Center hosted a “Picnic on the Playground”  for mothers, children and teachers to eat together while enjoying the spring weather.

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our young learners. We had a sunshiney week with our beloved parents, children and teachers!