In recognition of national Week of the Young Child, the Center for Child Development (CCD) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a series of events this week recognizing the importance of the positive role adults play in making a difference in children’s lives as parents, teachers and community leaders.
An initiative of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the theme for this year’s Week of the Young Child is “Early Years Are Learning Years.” Located at located at 3400 Morningside Drive in Hattiesburg at the northwest corner of the Southern Miss campus, center’s schedule of activities for the week follows:
• Monday, April 12 – Parents are invited to stop by the center throughout the day for at least five minutes for “Take 5” to watch their children play and learn as the center honors a variety of titles in children’s literature and their authors and illustrators.
• Tuesday, April 13 – In a tribute to teachers and diversity, the center will host Students Teachers/Student Workers Appreciation Day all day in the conference room. Refreshments that include recipes from countries around the world will be served from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the playground area.
• Wednesday, April 14 – Grab and Go Breakfast during 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. arrival times. A driveway decoration project will be held from 10-11:30 a.m.
• Thursday, April 15 – Teacher Appreciation Day (all day in the conference room). Community leaders are also invited to visit the center on this date, except between 12:30-2:30 p.m. (naptime hours)
• Friday, April 16 – A carnival sponsored by the Southern Miss Child and Family Studies Organization will be held on the center’s playground from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
A division of the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology’s Department of Child and Family Studies, the Center for Child Development engages parents, teachers, and university students in developing healthy, motivated, and autonomous children in effective educational programs promoting evidence-based practice and a devotion to learning. For more information about the center, online visit http://www.usm.edu/childandfamilystudies/child_development_center/index.htm; or call 601.266.5294.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.