Celebrating National Week of The Young Child 2012 | Community Spirit
Buffalo, New York – April 18, 2012 – Thousands of children and youth advocates country-wide are preparing to celebrate the 2012 National Week of The Young Child. Locally, The Belle Center in partnership with the Child Care Resource Network will host fun and educational activities throughout the week for over eighty early childhood children at The Belle Center and the community.
Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The week-long celebration provides an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, to hold activities that bring awareness to the needs of young children and the programs that meet those needs. Laurie Beck, Early Childhood Director at The Belle Center said: “This week is a special time to recognize that it is our responsibility as child care providers, parents, caregivers and the community to provide every child with the best tools to succeed in life.”
During this special week it allows participants to reflect on the importance of children's experiences in their early years, while building learning and literacy skills that will continue on with them as they grow. The ultimate goal at The Belle Center is to have each day care child cross the stage in their cap and gown and receive their college degree, enroll in the military or learn a skilled trade in order to advance in life.
National Week of The Young Child Agenda ● April 23rd-27th, 2012 ● The Belle Center ● 104 Maryland Street ● Buffalo, NY 14201
Monday, April 23, 2012 (All Programs at The Belle Center to participate in the Week of The Young Child Parade 3:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m.) Walk around the neighborhood with noisemakers and signs to bring awareness about National Week of The Young Child Open To Public).
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 (Buffalo Fire Department will read & perform activities with youth 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.) (Tapestry Charter School Students and Staff will read and perform activities with youth 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) (Marilyn Ballard and Laura Cardenas from the Child Care Resource Network will read and perform activities with youth 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Activities to take place at The Belle Center.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (Day Care Family Swim at The Belle Center 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.).
Thursday, April 26, 2012 (Parent-Child Reading and Ice Cream Social at The Belle Center 12:00p.m. -1:00 p.m. Open To Public).
Friday, April 27, 2012 (Belle Center Directors will read and perform activities with youth at The Belle Center 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.).
About The Belle Center: The Belle Center is a non-profit community center that bridges the gaps to success for youth and families. Headquartered on the Lower West Side of Buffalo, NY The Belle Center has over three decades of service to the community. It provides over 15 premier programs and services to the citizens of Western New York. Our vision is to: “improve lives, create opportunities and foster self-sufficiency” for the hundreds of youth & families who frequent The Center on a daily basis. Our Center offers services with the flexibility to grow along with our children and youth. For more information join us for one of our bi-weekly tours, visit: www.thebellecenter.org.