Children's Services kicked off the Week of the Young Child, April 11-17, with
help from children from Hamilton Madison Head Start Center, who gave a spirited
performance of "If All the Raindrops," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and "I am
Special" before a delighted audience of staff from the Division of Child Care
and Head Start on Friday, April 9.
Children from Hamilton Madison Head Start performing "I am
The Week of the Young Child is held across the U.S. each year to honor young
children and their teachers and all those who make a difference in young
children's lives. The theme for WOYC 2010 is "Early Years are Learning
Years." The annual celebration, first established in 1971, is sponsored by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to focus public
attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the
early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Balloons for everyone at the launch of the Week of the
Miranda Harrison, ACS Assistant Director of Program Development and Support
Services, welcomed the children and their teachers, and commended them for
taking on "learning new things everyday." The Hamilton Madison Head Start
program, located in lower Manhattan, serves a diverse community of immigrants
and their children. Hamilton Madison Associate Executive Director Thea
Goodman, and teachers Meghan Loughman, Aruna Tulsi, Trang Han Hua and Holly
Eberth, accompanied the children to the ACS office for the launch. Children's
book author Vernice Cole read her book "Grandma's Juice" to the children.
The book describes the relationship between Cole's son Jacob, and her mother
Bernice K. Cole, who worked with young children throughout her career as an
educator and community activist.
Children put their all into their performance.
Other activities for the week are planned at other child care and Head Start
locations city-wide. They include a community parade and variety show at the
Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services, Inc. Head Start, and a parent child
activity day at La Peninsula Head Start in the Bronx.
Children’s book author
Vernice Cole reading to the children.
The ACS early childhood education team involved with the launch included
Early Childhood Specialists Rosalyn Brown, Martha Lewis, Mary Richards-Dudley,
Patricia Hussey, Eugenia Vieira, Director of Quality Assurance & Training,
Sherone Sanchez and Deputy Director, Jacqueline Hayes.