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CELEBRATING OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS
UCCAC, Inc. HS & EHS Celebrates National Week of the Young Child™
Children’s Learning Ctr. – 175 Colonial Dr. Kingston
Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start celebrated Week of the Young Child™ April 24-28, 2017. As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, UCCAC honored young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start celebrated Week of the Young Child™ April 24-28, 2017. As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, UCCAC honored young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and UCCAC, Inc. has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said UCCAC Education Specialists Jennifer Hammond and Heather Dyshuk. “Week of the Young Child™ is a time for all in Ulster County to recognize that Early Years are Learning Years for all young children.”
Events for the program included:
- Music Monday- musical parade around the building with both EHS & Head Start children using instruments from the classroom led by Alexander Ferguson, in collaboration with The Town of Esopus Library, playing trombone and Jim Fitzmorris director of POOK (Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) from 10:00 am-12:00pm
- Tasty Tuesday – Tasting and planting Herbs to take home to cook with. Also, Lydia Adams Davis, Singer, Songwriter, Puppeteer will attend.
- Work Together Wednesday – Building birdhouses with the older Head Start children. The birdhouses will then be hung on the CLC property and mini bird houses will be painted to take home
- Artsy Thursday – Harold and the Purple Crayon collaborative mural
- Family Friday –Apple craft and Fun Family Photos
All events were for program participants only. Other Head Start locations around the county also held events.
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 Ulster County. 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.
UCCAC, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start has approximately 75 early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.
UCCAC, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start is an Affiliate of NAEYC, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age 8. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has nearly 65,000 members and a national network of more than 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
Head Start is a center-based, early childhood development program providing high quality, early childhood education focusing on school readiness skills and parent engagement. Other program services include health, nutrition, dental health, family services, literacy, goal setting, mental health and disabilities.
UCCAC, Inc. Head Start serves children 3 to 5 years old in Kingston, Ellenville, Plattekill, and Saugerties. It also serves children birth to 3 years old, in Kingston only, through Early Head Start. The program is federally funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services and administered through Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc. For information or applications, call 845-338-8750 ext. 118.