Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC), the second-largest center-based early childhood education nonprofit in Connecticut, is inviting members of the community to join in virtually celebrating the 50thanniversary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child.
The Week of the Young Child will be held Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16. It is an annual celebration sponsored by the NAEYC. The purpose is to focus on young children and their families, as well as recognize the importance of quality early childhood education. Learn more about it here.
“Research has shown that 90% of the brain is developed by the time a child turns five, and the greatest return on investment in education comes from a high-quality early childhood education program,” explained CLC Chief Executive Officer Marc E. Jaffe. “The Week of the Young Child allows us to demonstrate the ways in which early childhood education is so critical.”

Each of CLC’s programs has put together a schedule so that every day during the Week of the Young Child will have a focus. This will include Work Together Wednesday and Tactile Thursday in Head Start and Early Head Start. “Music” Monday and “Wacky” Wednesday in School Readiness and Artsy Thursday and Fun Day Friday celebrated by Child Development.

Members of the community are invited to get involved!

Share a video with well wishes or an activity that the children in the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs would enjoy by emailing enriquepabon@clcstamford.org. Volunteer to read a story to the children in our School Readiness Program virtually on Tuesday, April 13 which will be Bookworm Tuesday, or any day of the week by emailing, jasmineyepez@clcstamford.org. Volunteer to read a story to children in the Child Development Program on Tuesday, April 13 which will be Read Together Tuesday, by emailing Linda Barge, lindabarge@clcstamford.org or by calling (203) 653-1335.

Rundown of Events for Head Start & Early Head Start

Music Monday: Learn/Teach a new song with the children Artsy Tuesday: Have children explore their senses through creating shapes with play dough or teach children about drawing different patterns Work together Wednesday: Plan activities that require students to work together and practice social skills Tactile Thursday: Discuss/demonstrate with the children all the important tasks that their hands help them complete Family Fun Friday: Encourage children to draw activities they enjoy doing with their families. Families will be provided a Google Meet link to join their child’s classroom.

Rundown of Events for School Readiness

“Music” Monday: Children will be making their own instruments from recyclable materials and exploring hands-on actual musical instruments including a piano! Classes are also joining in a virtual sing-a-long! Learning new genres of music and having fun with old favorites!

“Bookworm” Tuesday: Guest readers have volunteered to read virtually to the children. Some have chosen old favorites and others a new story to be told!
“Wacky” Wednesday: Children will come to school wearing wacky clothes of fun loving color! Anything goes from crazy hats to silly socks!
“Artsy” Thursday: Each cohort will work together to create a mural expressing themselves through art media in this community project. Focus will be on the individual child learning to share, cooperate and work together toward a shared purpose.

“Friendly” Friday: All classes will participate in a Parade with their banners. Please send your child in wearing their cluster/classroom color. Parade will take place in and around the playground. Children will enjoy a “Popsicle treat”!

Rundown of Events for Child Development

Music MondayClasses will enjoy a special virtual musical performance with Lizzie Swan of ‘The Swingset Mamas’. The children will also explore musical instruments, listen to different genres of music, sing, dance and create their own music throughout the day! When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop their language and early literacy skills while being active and encouraging movement.

Read Together Tuesday: Children love story time and especially on Read Together Tuesday when special guest readers read virtually some of our all time favorite classics!
Work Together Wednesday: When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. On Work Together Wednesday the children will use their imagination and recyclable materials to create a structure. Their creations will be displayed for Earth Day, April 22.
Artsy Thursday: Think, problem solve, create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday, celebrate the joy of  creativity as our classroom community quilt takes shape with each child creating their own individual quilt square. The squares will be joined and a classroom quilt will be made and displayed for all to enjoy.

Fun Day Friday: A fun filled Friday has the children making kites of their very own. Teachers and children will enjoy time out in the CLC play space flying their kites. A great hands-on way for children to learn how weather conditions influence kite flying. Popsicles will be enjoyed by all!

About Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC)

Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs since 1902. All of the nonprofit agency’s eight locations are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or approved by Federal Head Start. CLC is committed to providing early childhood education for all families, with direct services and programs focused on health, nutrition & family support for children aged 6 weeks – 5 years of age. CLC is grounded in the mission that together, we’ll shape a generation through early childhood education. To learn more, please visit www.clcfc.org.