In celebration of the Week of the Young Child on April 24-28, our centers participated in a variety of activities to honor our younger CDC children. At Red Hill CDC in Santa Ana, children were encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. As they shared why they dressed up as that superhero they would say, “They save people from bad guys”. Another child added, “I want to be like the Flash because he’s faster than everyone”. At the end of the week the children were able to dress up as who they wanted to be when they grew up. The children chose to dress as police officers, doctors, executives, engineers, and a cowgirl. During their greeting time, the children shared why they chose that career and shared back, “doctors save people”. Another child added, “police officers keep people safe”. They concluded the week by going over the importance of being a child and remembering that although we may grow up, will always remember how fun it was to play and learn as a child.
Over at Ben Frankin CDC in Riverside, they celebrated by giving the preschoolers a picnic. The picnic included rotisserie chicken, salsa, tortillas and rice. They also took turns to hit a Piñata and got the treats from it. The day included studying the different children’s celebrations across the globe and discussing why they liked being a kid.
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ 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. Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development.