Meadville Tribune

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May 6, 2014

Event is time for community to recognize early years are learning years for young children

MEADVILLE — The Celebration of the Young Child, an event that’s free and open to the public, is Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Diamond Park, Meadville.

More than 20 preschools, child care centers and other agencies are on hand to answer questions and provide activities for children birth through age 8. All activities take place rain or shine; the rain locations are the YMCA gymnasium at 356 Chestnut St. and other neighboring facilities.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association. This celebration week which began in 1971 focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The Kiwanis Club of Meadville and the Meadville Family YMCA say The Celebration of the Young Child is a fun-filled day of music, crafts and activities to honor young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and the Meadville community has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said Connie Gainor, event coordinator. “The Celebration of the Young Child is a time for our community to recognize that the early years are learning years for all young children.”

This year’s theme, “The Early Years are Learning Years,” recognizes that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities and encourages us to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment — at home, at child care, at school and in the community — will promote their early learning, Gainor said.

More information: Contact Gainor at 336-2196 or

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