The theme of this year’s Week of the Young Child is “Early Years are Learning Years.” Several early childhood centers are celebrating family, literacy and appreciation of young learners.
Baby Toddler Nursery, operated by Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, welcomed Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who read to the children. Rick Kinnebrew of Evanston Public Library led the children in song and movement, said Cass Wolfe, executive director. The focus was on fire safety and family safety at IWSE’s Teen Baby Nursery. Children also participated in Spanish music, yoga and pajama day.
Total Child Preschool and Child Care will learn about the books families read to their children, and the children will not just dictate stories but also write their predictions about some stories, said director Susan Ruhl.
The importance of being a child is the theme for the week at the McGaw Y’s Child Care Center, said Jessica Saenz, director of Part-Day Preschool at the Center. On Monday and Tuesday, comfortable clothing was in, with Mismatch Day and Pajama Day. Wednesday was Crazy Hair Day, and today children could wear their favorite sports clothing. Tomorrow, Friday, will be Hawaiian Day, as the Center bids “Aloha” to the Week of the Young Child.
At Reba Early Learning Center, students have made their own instruments to accompany teacher Fran Landt and her jug band, said Meghan Thomas of Reba.
Children Evanston Day Nursery, celebrating its hundredth birthday this year, collected 100 cans of food to be donated to a local food pantry. Children and staff are collecting 100 shoeboxes and “we will be building EDN out of them to honor the children who have come before us (and also to see how different 100 cans versus 100 shoe boxes is),” said Executive Directory Sharyl Katz.
Today, children at the Child Care Center of Evanston will receive affirmation cards written earlier this week by their parents, said interim executive director Lindsay Percival. On Friday the Child Care Center children and staff will stand for fairness with the YWCA along Ridge Avenue, she added.
The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Its purpose, according to NAEYC, 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.”