Newberry Observer

Celebrating our youngest learners

NEWBERRY — The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recognizes one week each year to honor young children, thank teachers, and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. On April 9, Mayor Foster Senn signed a proclamation designating April 16-20, 2018 as the “Week of the Young Child in Newberry.”

Young children and their families need and depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Newberry. The “Week of the Young Child” is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy. It is a time to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to over 300 local, state and regional affiliates. Newberry County First Steps, SCECA District IV, the Newberry County Library, Newberry County Elementary Schools and Child Care Centers encourage everyone to celebrate the young child, teachers and childcare providers.

Teachers, childcare providers and families can celebrate the young child by sharing activities with children throughout the week. These activities could include: Music Monday (sing, dance, celebrate, and learn); Tasty Tuesday (healthy eating and fitness at home and school); Work Together Wednesday (work together, build together, learn together); Artsy Thursday (think, problem-solve, create); and Family Friday (share family stories). For more ideas go to

On April 25, 2018, Newberry County First Steps, the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) District IV, and the School District of Newberry County will sponsor “Chicken Little” from Porkchop Productions. Approximately 600 Pre-K through first grade students will enjoy some perilous predicaments, big laughs and learn an important lesson about following the rules.

Mayor Foster Senn signs Proclamation declaring April 16-20, 2018 the “Week of the Young Child.” Foster Senn signs Proclamation declaring April 16-20, 2018 the “Week of the Young Child.”

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