Week of the Young Child scheduled

The Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child in the Cayman Islands from 21 to 28 April.

The Week of the Young Child was first observed in 1997 under the leadership of the late Mrs. Marjorie Beckles, who was the education officer for Early Childhood Education.

It has been celebrated every year, except for 2005 when the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan affected its planning and organisation. This year, the occasion will also mark the 15 year anniversary of the Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association. To celebrate the milestone, a fundraising dinner will be hosted, featuring guest speaker Dr. Una St. Clarke, former New York City Council member and an early childhood educator.

This year’s them is: “Today’s Children … Tomorrow’s Leaders … Invest Wisely”. Activities have also been planned for young children from birth to age 8, along with their parents, teachers and caregivers in early childhood care and education.

Organisations are being asked to make donations or cosponsorships to help make the week a success.

Activities for Week of the Young Child 2012 are as follows:

A fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 21 at the Marriott

An official launching of the Week of the Young Child at a Church Service on Sunday, April 22

A Children’s Pajama Party on Monday, April 23 at Camana Bay

A Governor’s Reception on Tuesday, April 24 hosted by Governor Duncan Taylor

A Teens to Tots Reading Day on Wednesday, April 25

A Transition to Primary School Day on Thursday, April 26

Fun Days for young children on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28

On Monday, 23 April from 6 to 8pm the association is planning to host a pajama party for more than 300 children from birth to 8 at the Crescent at Camana Bay and on the Paseo outside the Books & Books. Activities such as story time, face painting, healthy snacks, music and dancing and decorating pillow cases will be a part of the festivities. Pillow cases, markers, cookies, crackers, fresh juice, story tellers, money and assistance with transportation are needed.

For additional information, contact vice president Shauna Haylock at 916-6367.

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