Fort Valley State University faculty, Child Development Center, Head Start staff and students along with Fort Valley mayor Barbara Williams release balloons to kick off Week of the Young Child activities April 16.
A nationwide celebration focusing on early care learning programs and its educators took place on Fort Valley State University’s campus April 16-20.
“The Week of the Young Child” an annual five-day event acknowledged by students and employees from FVSU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences focused on the theme “Celebrating Children All Around the World” for 2018.
The week began with a balloon launch and the reading of proclamation honoring the week by FVSU alumnus and Fort Valley mayor Barbara Williams. Other activities taking place during the week included a parade, theatrical plays, an international food fair focusing on healthy eating and a “Day at the Beach” field trip.
Dr. Vivian Fluellen, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at FVSU, said the university has celebrated the event for more than 10 years. “We celebrate ‘Week of the Young Child’ to raise awareness of the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early care and learning programs and services that meet those needs,” Fluellen said.
Katrina Akine, a native of Montezuma, has a four-year old daughter (Khanyah) enrolled in Head Start at FVSU’s center in Macon County. “I love the Head Start program at Fort Valley State. My child has learned so much. She was shy, but she’s very outgoing now,” Akine said. She said her daughter has improved her learning skills, and she recommends that people enroll their children in Head Start to enhance their creativity and educational skills.
Fort Valley State’s Child Development Center and Head Start program serves children in Peach, Taylor, Crisp, Macon, and Dooly Counties.
The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The organization boasts a membership of more than 60,000 and has 50 regional affiliates. Membership is composed of early care and learning educators and associates whose focus is improving the quality of early childhood programs for children from birth to age 8.
For more information about FVSU’s Child Development Center and Head Start Programs, contact Fluellen at (478) 825-6236/6234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.