“Children are our most valuable resource,” said director Cindy Ferguson. “This week reminds us of our responsibility to invest in the lives of our youngest citizens.”
The national theme for this year's week is “Building Better Futures for All Children.”
“Our desire as we're training future teachers and working with young children is to celebrate the lives of the future,” said Ferguson.
According to the NAEYC's Web site, the week is designed to recognize the needs of children and to thank the adults who work with them.
“Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the people, programs and policies that are helping to build better futures for all children,” according to the Web site www.naeyc.org.
As part of the week's celebration, the Children's Learning Center will have an ice cream social from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The public is welcome.
The fifth annual Children's Fair will take place at the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center at Shawnee State University on Thursday. Ferguson said approximately 300 children and 100 volunteers are expected to attend the event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
There will be seven activity stations, including an obstacle course, story time station, music station and “Bear Ball” with the SSU Women's Basketball team.
“The fair focuses on the developmental milestones and benchmarks that children should accomplish,” said Ferguson. “It's a great day of fun and a day of celebration.”
EMILY SALMON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.