NEWBERRY — During the month of April, the National Association for the Education of Young Children sponsors the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration focusing public attention on early learning, young children, their families and teachers.
Week of the Young Child will be celebrated April 24 through April 28 this year.
NAEYC established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. It is a time to plan how residents of a community, of a state, and of a nation will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
The South Carolina Early Childhood Association District 4, along with Newberry College’s Center for Teacher Education, and Newberry County First Steps kicked off Newberry County’s celebration of the Young Child by hosting children’s musician, Mr. Al in concert on April 3.
“The participation in our county was great and the kids and adults had a great time,” said Dona Pitts, outgoing president of SCECA District 4.
Close to 200 preschoolers and their teachers from Newberry County attended.
Mr. Al performed numerous songs while incorporating movement and audience participation. Professor Ginger Riddle and her early childhood education students helped setup and work the event, which was held at Newberry College’s Center for Teacher Education (the old Speers Street school building).
Pat Caldwell, executive director of Newberry First Steps, introduced Mr. Al, and then preschoolers and teachers moved and grooved to Mr. Al’s music.
“We are planning an even larger event for next year and want to find a larger facility that will hold all of the county’s children grades pre-k through first,” said Candice Lominick, current president of SCECA District 4. “The age of the young child does not stop at the age of four.”
Newberry First Steps, Newberry College’s Early Childhood Department, and school district teachers will be holding fundraisers and events over the next year to help raise money for this event next year.
To learn more about Week of the Young Child go to www.naeyc.org.