It was a week of celebration and exploration as Childcare Resources honored the fiftieth anniversary of Week of the Young Child. First established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Week of the Young Child is celebrated across the country by NAEYC’s 60,000 members. The week was developed to publicly recognize that a child’s success is reliant on the foundation built during the earliest years of life.
For the students at the NAEYC-accredited Childcare Resources School, the week was full of activity, exploration, and education. Creativity and imagination took hold with Messy Art Day, when students completed large art projects that encouraged social skills and fine motor development. For Bubble Day, students explored the science and strength behind bubbles. After staying comfortable for special literacy activities on Pajama Day, students dressed up for Wacky Day to discover critical thinking concepts like ‘same’ and ‘opposite.’ Week of the Young Child ended with a fun dance party that encouraged motor skill development and physical activity.
“Our students always love the special activities during Week of the Young Child,” said School Director Tara Beard. “They get to learn big concepts in fun ways that feel like play.”
Childcare Resources of Indian River, a partner agency of the United Way of Indian River County and Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee, elevates and promotes the highest quality early childhood development and education in Indian River County, focusing on economically challenged children and families. To learn more about Childcare Resources, visit ChildcareResourcesIR.org or call 772-567-3202