Belfast marks Week of the Young Child with downtown art show

Apr 08, 2019

The Belfast City Council and Mayor Samantha Paradis proclaimed April 8 to 12 as the Week of the Young Child in Belfast.

Paradis noted at the April 2 meeting, “All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and Belfast has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children.”

As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, Belfast is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. Our Town Belfast, The Belfast Creative Coalition and local early education and care programs are sponsoring a Children’s Art Show all week in downtown Belfast. Artwork of more than 200 local children, ages toddler through 6 years, from local schools and childcare centers are on display.

Belfast-area schools and childcare centers participating in the Children’s Art Show include: Broadreach Family and Community Services, Belfast Area Child Care, Starrett Children’s Center, Helping Hands Family School, Waldo Community Action Partners Head Start and Cornerspring Montessori School.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (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.

NAEYC designates the Week of the Young Child dates and theme each year, but events are planned and implemented by local communities.

 

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