Friday, March 14, 2014

Fair in Ansonia to mark Week of the Young Child


In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, April 6-12, the Eighth 
Annual Play & Learn Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway.

This free event is being 
underwritten through the generosity of the Valley Directors Network, 
the School Readiness Councils in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton, 
the Early Childhood Task Force, and the Katharine Matthies Foundation.

“We are extremely excited to organize this popular family event for the community again,” said Sharon Kelley, Co-Chair of the Valley Directors Network.

“In years past, we have attracted crowds of over 1,000 people," Kelley said. "This year we want to make this free event even bigger and better than ever.”

The Play & Learn Fair will feature many fun, hands-on activities for 
children and their parents, including Touch A Truck and many 
Early childhood providers will set up learning centers: 
including, art, blocks, math, music, science, sensory, and more.

An Infant & Toddler play space will be featured along with free snacks 
and informational handouts.

The theme for the 2014 Week of the Young Child Celebration is, “Early Years are Learning Years.”

This annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for 
the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early 
childhood education association.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

For more information, contact Kelley, Co-Chair of the 
Valley Directors Network, 203-736-2554 or 

The Valley Directors Network, a collaborative, was founded in 2005 to 
foster support for children, families, and staff in the field of early 
care and education.
The group has been responsible for many regional family events and professional development trainings.
Membership currently includes 50 childcare professionals and family support organizations in the lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding areas.

This is a press release from the Valley Directors Network.

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