ACS Kicks Off Week of the Young Child 2011
Songs, dances and story time highlighted the kick-off celebration on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 to mark the observance of the Week of the Young Child, April 10-16. The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) hosted children, their parents and teachers from child care centers throughout the City including the Hamilton Madison Head Start Center, Soundale Educational Center, Chinatown Head Start, and the 196 Albany Avenue Day Care Center.
196 Albany Avenue Day Care Center students Tanyiah and Kayla and their teacher Ms. Ava Jolley perform at the 2011 Week of Child launch.
The group from Hamilton Madison charmed the audience of staff from the Division of Child Care and Head Start (CCHS) with their rendition of “If you’re Happy and You Know It,” and “Five Little Ducks” while the duo from 196 Albany Avenue and their teacher Ms. Ava Jolley performed the “Bell Song.” Children from Soundale in the Bronx made child’s play of numbers as they gave a delightful rendition of “Five Little Monkey’s Sitting on a Bed” under the direction of their teachers Jermaine Ramsey and Joan Hewitt. CCHS staffer Francine Brotherson read “Dinner’s Ready” by Jane Gedye” to the children to wrap up the celebrations.
The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) 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 2011 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.
Addressing the gathering, Earl Dennis, a St. John’s Family Center parent, commended child care programs for providing excellent care and strong educational programs for his two sons who accompanied him to the launch. CCHS Acting Assistant Commissioner Larry Thomas thanked the children and parents for making the event a memorable one. Miranda Harrison, ACS Assistant Director of Program Development and Support Services and WOYC Planning Committee lead, praised the parents and teachers for providing excellent care and quality educational programs for the children. The children received gifts and toys donated by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Nu Omricon Chapter, presented to them by fraternity vice president Frank Roper and bookkeeper Jelani Watkins.
Other activities for the week are planned at other child care and Head Start locations city-wide. They include a “Read to a Child Day” at Rockaway Head Start in Queens, a community parade with silly hats in Woodside, Queens at the Child Center of New York, and parents of the Association to Benefit Children at Echo Park in Manhattan will have an all week open house where parents will join the children in their classrooms and other activities.
Quetzaly and Tyler from Soundale Educational Center.
ACS staffer Francine Brotherson reading to the children.
Children from China Town Head Start performing at the 2011 Week of Child launch.