Child month kicks off on Friday

A packed schedule of activities is being organized for this year’s Child Month, which begins Friday, May 1. The theme this year is “Opening our Hearts.”

The Department of Children and Family Services, along with the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, is promoting a number of public activities and educational events, all of which are free to children, but they will be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

A celebrity reading day at various pre-schools around the island kicks off the start of the month’s activities on Friday.

The following day, at the Batabano carnival, a teen pregnancy awareness booth will be set up.

The annual church service led by children will take place at the Church of God Victory Tabernacle located on Eastern Avenue on Sunday, May 3.

Events in May include educational sessions on local radio stations, family dinners, a “healthy top up” at the Agriculture Pavilion, and a special Mother’s Day feature. Activities will be promoted with the National Museum, Family Resource Center, Circle of Love Women’s Ministry prayer breakfast, Youth Services, and Feed Our Future.

On May 17, there will be a “Family Fest” at the Agriculture Pavilion and on May 23, Kirk Office will host a “Colourthon Children’s Arts and Craft Festival.” There will also be Yoga Family evening at the George Town town hall and a board games evening.

People considering becoming foster parents can join others at Grand Old House for dinner and to learn more about fostering on Thursday, May 28.

The next day, there will be an All Island Dress Down Day to assist Feed our Future, and on Saturday, May 30, there will be cupcake wars at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. A Cotton Tree Bay Church of God Service will bring the month’s events to a close on May 31.

Encouraging national participation, Youth Services Minister Osbourne Bodden said, “Our children are our most prized possession and their care and upbringing determines what our society becomes, as children are a product of their environment.

The Ministry, and I as Minister, take this very seriously under our youth mandate and much of our focus is geared into ensuring that our children and young people are protected and given every opportunity to succeed. I look forward to an exciting month of activities and thank all at Children and Family Services and the Ministry who have planned and organized events.”

For more information on Child Month, contact the Department of Children and Family Services in Grand Cayman on 949-0290 and on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on 948-2331.