Past Celebrations for Week of the Young Child

2015 Celebrations ~ 
Portland: Thanks to a collaboration between the Greater Portland Early Childhood Directors Group, Portland Public Schools, United Way of Greater Portland/Starting Strong, the Portland Public Library, Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, and Maine Roads to Quality, this year featured a “Readiness Parade and Rally” on Saturday, April 11th to kick off the Week of the Young Child!  The parade began at 10:00 a.m. at the East End Beach and marched up to the East End Community School, accompanied by The Maine Squeeze accordion group. At 11:00 there was a rally and proclamation read by Mayor Brennan with speaker Superintendent Caulke. The celebration included activity areas for children and information tables for parents, the library’s Book Mobile, mascots Crusher and Oakie, and entertainment from children’s musician Marcus Gale.  There was also a free raffle for a drawing for a Kindle for all families who participated!

2014 Celebrations (April 6-12) ~ 
Aroostook County:

ACAP Child and Family Centers in Caribou, Presque Isle, and Houlton celebrated with exhibits of child art and child outcomes graphs. They also be hosted open houses for families and community members each morning during the week. Panel exhibits including child art and text about the benefits of early childhood programs were on display at St. Appolinia Dental Clinic in Presque Isle and Cary Medical Center in Caribou. 

Cumberland County:
The Catherine Morrill Day Nursery in Portland celebrated with an art show, a book swap, and a Spring Family Festival on April 9th.
The Children’s Center in Portland hosted a bunch of fun activities: guest readers to celebrate early literacy, a “Hop-A-Thon” in collaboration with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine to celebrate diversity, an all school Sing-A-Long to celebrate music, an indoor beach party to celebrate play, and an all school parade to promote public awareness.

York County:
The Children’s Room of the Wells Public Library, along with four local banks, once again be hosted displays of children’s artwork from ten early care and education programs in the area.  Artwork was also displayed at the Brickstore Museum in Kennebunk on Saturday, April 12th.  Children, families and the general public were welcome and invited to view the displays.

2013 Celebrations (April 7-13) ~ 
Wells:
Early childhood programs in Wells had their children create artwork which was then displayed throughout the town in celebration of Week of the Young Child.  This year six programs participated and the children’s artwork was displayed at four local banks and the Children’s Room at the Wells Public Library.

Bangor:
530Hilltop School in Bangor coordinated a mystery reader program this year.  During the Week of the Young Child, each classroom hosted a daily mystery reader.  The children did not know ahead of time who their mystery reader would be.  The week ended with each child receiving their own mystery book wrapped in brown paper.  A copy of the NAEYC publication, Raising a Reader, Raising a Writer, was also included with each book. After the children finished reading their mystery books, they were asked to draw a picture and share if they enjoyed the book.

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