The Belle Center

Celebrating National Week of the Young Child!

Celebrating National Week of the Young Child!

Buffalo, New York – April 16, 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.

The main event will take place at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 with the Buffalo Fire Department holding a special activity. At 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. special guest readers Marilyn Ballard & Laura Cardenas from the Child Care Resource Network will read “Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten” and do a fun activity while discussing what the children think kindergarten will be like. This will be held at 104 Maryland Street Buffalo, NY 14201 in the Day Care Wing.

The theme this year is Early Years Are Learning Years and throughout April 23rd–27th, 2012 various Youth Advocates will read their favorite stories to children at The Belle Center. In addition, there will be a Week of The Young Child Parade, Family Swim Day, (Ice-cream Social open to public 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. April 26, 2012), fun give-away items and more.

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.