Metro Early Childhood Alliance is celebrating the annual Week of the Young Child with an event for families and children featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog from PBS and interactive activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at West Acres in the JC Penney wing. Families are invited to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, participate in story time, do activities together, and increase awareness of the importance of social emotional development.
The event is sponsored by the Metro Early Childhood Alliance, which is a network of community partners caring for families and children from birth to six years of age by providing education and experiences that support social and emotional development.
This event helps MECA and the community celebrate the annual Week of the Young Child. The celebration focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and also recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
MECA has responded to research stating that the experiences of young children in the first six years have a lasting impact on later success in school and life. MECA hopes to fulfill its vision that all area children will live in a supportive environment that is sensitive to their social and emotional needs. The group hopes to promote healthy family time that encourages positive social and emotional development in children.