'Week of the Young Child'
By Lailani Upham
Mary Driscoll, SKC D'Arcy McNickle Library librarian, reads a story to
a group of pre-school age children from the SKC Day Care last week. The
library hosted children from the CSKT Head Start classes and the SKC
Day Care in tours and readings for the annual "Week of the Young Child"
event. (Lailani Upham photo)
PABLO — Salish Kootenai College was the meeting
spot for oodles of young children to tour and hear a story or browse
through a book of their choice for the annual “The Week of the Young
Child” celebration sponsored by the National Association for the
Education of Young Children.
The annual event now in its 40th year, was held
April 10 - 16. It is a national campaign focusing on the needs of young
children and their families.
According to the NAEYC, the organization is
dedicated to improving the well-being of young children, with
particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental
services from birth through age 8.
Several of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribal Head Start classes and SKC Day Care classes joined in holding
hands around the front lawn of the library as a “peace” image,
according to SKC Day Care Director Mary McEvoy.
“The Week of the Young Child” is a celebration for
children, promoting literacy, and this year’s theme was peace. When you
are holding hands, you are not fighting, but at peace.” McEvoy said.
According to Mary Driscoll, SKC librarian
circulations said, “The library wanted to share this theme with
children, and we invited the Pablo Head Start and the SKC childcare to
come to the library to hold hands.”
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young
Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years play a key
part in laying the foundation for child’s success in school and later
The Week of the Young Child is designed to promote
awareness to communities around the nation to better meet the needs of
all young children and families.
SKC Day Care hosted a “Book Bash” with a dinner,
games and prizes that was open to families with young children last
week at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center. It was their fourth
year holding the literary event, says McEvoy. “It is a week set aside
to honor children and their families.”