This is a news release from Petal's Center for Families & Children, Petal Exel By 5, and Area Preschools
The Center for Families & Children along with Petal's Excel By 5 and area preschools celebrate Week of the Young Child to recognize the importance of the early years of children's lives and to thank educators and others involved in building better futures for all children. Week of the Young Child is celebrated across the country by hundreds of local organizations working to improve opportunities for all young children.
"Early learning experiences are crucial to the growth and development of young children," said Missy Hamilton, School Readiness Coordinator for Petal School District. "Week of the Young Child provides opportunities for all of us to recognize the importance of the early years, and to work together to build better futures for all children."
Petal area preschools (Asbury Play School, Carterville Christian School, C. H. Johnson Head Start, Mimi's Playhouse, Oasis Training Center, Petal Primary Preschool, and Play-School Child Care Center) will have artwork on display in area businesses during that week. Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
Kicking off Week of the Young Child will be Petal's EXCELebration held on Saturday, April 9 from 9:30am – 12:30 at Hinton Park (behind the Civic Center). The "Saddle Up and Celebrate" theme promises to bring fun activities for families with young children and is a day to celebrate the city's re-certification as an Excel By 5 – "Early Childhood Friendly" Community.
Make plans to join Petal's Excel By 5 partners at EXCELebration on Saturday, April 9 at Hinton Park --- and to celebrate Petal's youngest citizens!