Let’s talk to the animals!
Every spring the Learning Gardens celebrates the “Week of the Young Child”. This annual event, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC – https://www.naeyc.org/events/woyc), “gives public attention to the needs of young children and their families”, and recognizes “the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.” This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Week of the Young Child. The event is meant to bring further awareness to how the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.
Of course, the pandemic affected the way we usually celebrate this special week– events and activities that bring our staff and families together. The Week of the Young Child typically happens in mid-April. Thankfully, with the “hopefulness” we have been seeing in the last couple of months, we were so excited to celebrate “TLG style” this year, during the last week of May. The theme of our celebration was “Animals”. We had two different animal shows come during the week. Friends from “Animal Quest” and “Animal Express” brought their exotic friends. A few animals that the kids saw included two different snakes, rabbits, turtles, a white skunk, a hedgehog, a bearded dragon, reptiles, and a badger – just not Bucky. Because the events were outside, we were excited that some of our parents were able to join us for the animal shows. Also, during the week, we had the children dress up as their favorite animals. We had a few unicorns, dragons, sea creatures, doggies, and kitty cats roaming around the building that day.
Our TLG community continues to illustrate the value and importance of quality early care and education (ECE) experiences. Although we always are advocates for our ECE professionals and families, we highlight this special time of year in our community.