NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Early Childhood Laboratory, in partnership with the Greater East Texas Community Action Program’s Head Start Program, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which will be observed Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the national Week of the Young Child, Nacogdoches will honor young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

“Nacogdoches supports young children and families. Our community believes all young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will help prepare them for life,” said Lori Harkness, director of the SFA Early Childhood Laboratory. “Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of early learning for all young children and celebrate the children and families in our community.”

Weldon T. Beard, head start director of GETCAP, agrees community involvement in early childhood education is of the utmost importance.

“We all share the responsibility to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable and secure learning environment. This foundation is the framework for preparing children for their future,” Beard said.

The annual Family Fun Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches. This free event will include many fun-filled activities for children and families to do together.

During the week, all daycares, schools or other organizations working with children are encouraged to join together and honor young children and their families. Each day will reflect a designated theme. The themes are:

Monday, April 16 – Music Monday: Sing, dance, celebrate and learn           
Tuesday, April 17 – Tasty Tuesday: Healthy eating and fitness
Wednesday, April 18 – Work Together Wednesday
Thursday, April 19 – Artsy Thursday: Think, problem-solve and create
Friday, April 20 – Family Friday: Sharing family stories.

The SFA Early Childhood Lab and the GETCAP Head Start Program comprise early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education.

For more information, contact the SFA Early Childhood Laboratory at (936) 468-4006.