Metropolitan Family Services Children’s Centers are busying celebrating Week of the Young Child, April 6th-12th.
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This special week brings public attention to the needs of young children and their families and the importance of early childhood programs and services.
“Today, we know more than ever before that children in quality early learning programs do better in school, get into less trouble as adolescents, and even earn more money as adults,” said Jennifer Alexander, Program Director. “The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that creating learning opportunities for the youngest in our society is a responsibility we all share, just as all of society reaps the resulting rewards.”
At Metropolitan Family Services, we empower children to learn. Our programs promote academic achievement and social and emotional development among children. Our three early childhood education centers, which serve children of families meeting federal poverty guidelines, report they are within 92% to 99% of the national normative data for literacy, social/emotional, mathematics and cognitive development.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the ribbon cutting for our new Learning and Wellness Center on Friday, April 7th. The center will benefit families in Chicago’s New City, Englewood and Back of the Yards communities with full day early learning and pre-kindergarten. Click here to view the Mayor’s press release. For more photos of this event, visit our Flickr page.
DuPage Head Start celebrated Dr Seuss’ birthday earlier this month with members of the alumnae chapter of Pi Beta Phi. This interactive literacy event included story time with the children, playing games and decorating a book plate. Pi Beta Phi gave each child a Dr. Seuss book where they inserted their newly decorated book plates. All 68 Head Start children were given books! One child asked when he should return the book. The sorority members answered, “That’s your book to take home and keep!” The child asked, “Forever and ever?” The Pi Beta Phi members were visibly touched as they answered, “Yes, you can keep the book forever and ever.”