We all are aware that April is a busy and giving month of the year. It gives us showers for May flowers. We are given beautiful, warm and sunny weather as spring kicks into gear. This goes along nicely with the Atlanta Dogwood Festival which is April 16-18. We can’t forget about Spring Break which is taking place for many schools the week of April 5-9. We are also given Easter Sunday the most precious gift of April. April also provides us with other activities that are more specific to Early Childhood Education.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
During the month there is an increased focus to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. The purpose is to encourage individuals and communities to support children and families to help to prevent child abuse.
There are numerous places to get more information, a couple are:
Week of the Young Child
This is celebrated on April 11-17 and is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It was created 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 you may go to www.naeyc.org/woyc
Month of the Young Child
While the rest of the country celebrates Week of the Young Child, Georgia has decided to devote a month to this celebration. Many activities are planned throughout the month; one of the more popular is Georgia Reads Aloud Day. This will take place on April 21 and is an annual event held to celebrate the impact of reading on children’s lives. Everyone is encouraged to read to children of all ages on this day. For more information visit http://decal.ga.gov/QualityInitiatives/MonthOfTheYoungChild.aspx
This is that special time of the year when we celebrate mother earth. It is important to teach our young ones to take care of the earth. Atlanta and surrounding suburbs will be hosting a variety of events throughout the month of April. Visit www.atlantaparent.com for more information.