Investing in Young Children Benefits All

As I write this, the Preschool is celebrating Week of the Young Child (WOYC).  WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for […]

As I write this, the Preschool is celebrating Week of the Young Child (WOYC).  WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. NAEYC is the world’s largest early childhood association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates. NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that early childhood years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.

The WOYC theme is “Investing in Young Children Benefits All,” and our week was a full one!  Each morning the entire school gathered in the Chapel to hear a story, read by a “special guest.”  Our special guests were Rabbi, Rosa, Bill, Gary, and Caroline, who all read a PJ Library book to children and parents.  Our Preschool Art Show was in the lobby and children were so excited to see their creations.  Parents tried to match the teachers to their favorite ice cream, hot drink, and color, and children drew pictures for their teachers as parents added leaves to our Appreciation Tree and shared their favorite parenting books and childhood memories.

As we planned our WOYC close to Lag B’Omer, our week culminated in our annual Garden Party.  Children and parents picnicked in our beautiful garden, decorated bird houses, planted pumpkin seeds, enjoyed face painting, and twig art, while parents tried to our-bid each other in our Silent Auction where each classroom planted in and decorated a pot.

Brain research has taught us that the first three to five years of life are a time of extraordinary brain development. Jewish early childhood scholars tell us that during this period of amazing growth, Jewish experiences lay the groundwork for a lifelong Jewish identity and create the basis upon which all future learning is built. Jewish early childhood education is about building the foundation of a strong, vibrant, joyful Jewish identity for each child.  On behalf of the whole Preschool staff, we are so happy and proud to be entrusted with helping to lay this groundwork and we celebrate all of our young children and their parents.