Week of the Young Child – Celebrations throughout Maine

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The Maine Association of the Education of Young Children (MaineAEYC) asks our state to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child (April 24-28, 2017).  As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, Maine is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

MaineAEYC is sponsoring four Week of the Young Child™ festivals. They are all free community events for families of young children.

Saturday, April 22nd, 10am-12pm

East End School

195 North St, Portland, ME 04101

Friday, April 28th, 4-6pm

Educare Central Maine

56 Drummond Ave, Waterville, ME 04901

Saturday, April 29th, 10:30-12:00pm

Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit Meetinghouse

938 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

Saturday, April 29th, 9am-12pm

Bloomfield Elementary School

140 Academy Circle, Skowhegan, ME

Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Maine.  Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

For more information send a message (tara@maineaeyc.org) or call (202-657-2861) Tara Williams.

 

WOTYC Children’s Concert and Children’s Art Displays in Wells

The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit and Maine Association for the Education of Young Children is inviting all ages to attend this free event on Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 1 to enjoy family activities, “Family Fun Tours” of the Meetinghouse Museum, an exhibition of the art of young children, and a Children’s Concert at 10:30 featuring a live musical performance by Rob Duquette. Rob Duquette’s concerts for children are known throughtout our region as they are full of fun while incorporating world musical genres. Rob sings his original music accompanying himself on xylophone, guitar, ukelele, and percussion from around the globe.

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration 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. This is the ninth year the organization has created the exhibition, Week of the Young Child, of children’s art from early care and education programs in the town of Wells to be on public display in several locations throughout the town from April 24 through April 28.

Week of the Young Child artwork created by children in community early education programs (Adventures in Learning, Be Happy Preschool, Brilliant Bloomers, Busy Feet Daycare, Cranton-Thomes Day School, Inc., Laugh and Learn Preschool, The Learning Place Day School, Roots and Wings Preschool) will be on display at the following Wells locations April 21 to 28, 2017:

  • Children’s Room, Wells Public Library – Post Rd. (Rte 1)
  • People’s Choice Credit Union – 774 Post Rd. (Route 1)
  • Kennebunk Savings Bank – 49 Sanford Rd. (Route 109)
  • People’s United Bank – 1597 Post Rd. (Route 1)
  • Sanford Institution for Savings – 1149 Post Rd. (Rte 1)

The artwork will be on display April 29 to May 6, 2017 at the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit Meetinghouse 938 Post Rd. (Rte 1) during the regular hours (Tuesday and Friday 10 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 1).

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.

In York County, the Week of the Young Child™ is supported by the York County Early Childhood Coalition, hosted by the United Way of York County.

NAEYC first 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. Cheryl Walker, coordinates the Wells chapter of the organization, and she describes it as “one of the easiest and ‘feel good’ ways to celebrate the Week of the Young Child is to display artwork created by young children in local early care and education programs. It can call attention to the much bigger concept of how important the early years are. I am struck by the fact that 85% of your intellect, your personality, and your social skills are developed by the age of 5. Knowing this should make a difference to everyone and guide us as a community, a nation, in our actions and policies.”

The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit is located at 938 Post Road in Wells. There is limited parking in the driveway and the use of an additional CVS parking lot in next door. FMI: info@wohistory.org 207-646-4775.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy a free children’s concert with Rob Duquette and special children’s art activities. This is sure to be a lot of fun!