Children from FVSU’s Child Development Center and Macon County Head Start kick off the Week of the Young Child by taking photos with FVSU administrators April 7 on campus. (Seated from L-R) Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., Fort Valley State University’s interim dean for the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology; Barbara Williams, mayor of Fort Valley; Francille Griffith, FVSU First Lady; Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith, FVSU president and Dr. Vivian Fluellen, chair of the department of FVSU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Fort Valley State University’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Head Start Program and the FVSU College of Education observed the Week of the Young Child April 7-11. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to enlighten the public about the needs of young children and to recognize early learning and child development programs such as FVSU’s.
FVSU’s Child Development Center and FVSU’s Head Start Programs serve children in Peach, Macon, Taylor, Crisp, and Dooly Counties. During the week, the children participated in physical fitness exercises, reading activities, theatrical presentations and performed a mass balloon release as part of the festivities.
At the kick off ceremonies April 7, Fort Valley Mayor Barbara Williams presented a proclamation to FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith and the Family and Consumer Sciences staff honoring the week. Later in the week, Kappa Delta Epsilon honorary fraternity donated books to the children.
The Week of the Young Child was created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is an early childhood education association which boasts a membership of more than 80,000. For more information about child development and FVSU’s Head Start Program, contact Dr. Vivian Fluellen at 478-825-6234 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.