GORHAM -- Young children deserve the best that we can give them. Week of the Young Child, held April 22 though the 28, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that help to develop a lifelong love for learning. Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
The Gorham Community Learning Center has several special activities planned to recognize the importance of early learning. Robin Frost, Gorham Town Manager, will kick off the festivities by reading some of her favorite stories to the children. The children and teachers will then participate in a Coos County wide “Block Party.” On Tuesday the children and family members are invited to a bagels and books breakfast. Wednesday will be “funny hat day.” We will re-enact the story “Caps for Sale” and hold a musical parade. Thursday will bring Nicky Pizzo, from the Appalachian Mountain Club, to GCLC. She will read one of her favorite bear stories to the children and then we will hold a teddy bear tea party. On Friday the Learning Center will hold its fourth annual wagon parade. The public is invited to join us for the parade. Strollers, wagons and riding toys operated by an adult are welcomed to be part of this parade. Meet at the Learning Center at 123 Main Street in Gorham by 10 a.m. During the entire week the center will also be holding a children’s art show in the foyer of the Family Resource Center. The public is invited to view this art show by using the main entrance off of School Street.
Early childhood education is vital to a community. Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school, and to go on to succeed in life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to the children of our community. Everyone can show their support for early learning by promoting early literacy programs, thanking all those who care for our children and by working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.