Week of the Young Child events planned

Week of the Young Child events planned The Missouri Valley Association for the Education of Young Children will be celebrating Week of the Young Child (April 19-24) in several special ways.

Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the week's theme, "children's opportunities are our responsibilities." The week is designated to celebrate opportunities for young children and the steps we take as a community to help ensure that children's early years are learning years. The week is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues affecting children and their families. Our local AEYC chapter invites you to share with us in this celebration by attending any of the week's events.

* Monday, April 19: South Dakota Public Broadcasting will be bringing Clifford, the Big Red Dog to the Vermillion Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m.

* On Monday, April 19: Marilou Hyson, director of Professional Development for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will be speaking at USD at 7 p.m. at the Continuing Ed Building on Cherry Street; she will be speaking about emotional development in children: "Feelings First: Emotional Readiness for School." Hyson has recently published a book on this topic and will be available for book signing after her presentation.

* The Zoomobile from the Great Plans Zoo in Sioux Falls will be at the Armory in Vermillion on Tuesday, April 20. Five performances are scheduled throughout the day; parents and home childcare providers are welcome to bring their child(ren) to any session. Sessions will begin at: 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Call Cindy (624-3839) or Carmen or Janel (677-5235) if you have questions.

* Watch for children's art exhibits under your feet as you walk around town! Children from local preschools and Austin School will be participating in "chalk a block" in honor of the Week of the Young Child.

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