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First Step Preschool Celebrated Week of the Young Child April 10 - 16

April 21, 2021

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Parma City School District’s First Step Preschool held a special, week-long celebration for Week of the Young Child.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association.

“The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is 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,” the NAEYC website states. “Early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.”

This was the 50th year for Week of the Young Child, held April 10 – 16, 2021, and Lara Svihlik, First Step Preschool Principal, shared the importance of having this event in the district.

“The Week of the Young Child truly spreads the word about our key role as early childhood educators,” she described. “The week's additional focus was to embrace our high-quality instruction at First Step Preschool. It's a collaborative week to celebrate all of our stakeholders in early childhood, with our spotlight being on our most important learners, our preschoolers.” 

The school celebrated everything early childhood, the children, staff, bus drivers, caregivers, families and community, and had special themed days that encouraged age-appropriate creative activities within the school day.

In partnership with First Step Preschool PTA, the school had Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday.

“Our gracious First Step Preschool PTA supported this critical week by sending home individual ‘goody bags’ with hands-on activities for all of our preschoolers,” Svihlik shared.

Activities included: having a dance party, trying a new recipe, building something together, creating a pinwheel and planting a lima bean to watch it grow.

“Our week of celebrating does not cease because the calendar says so. It is my personal and professional goal to continue to celebrate and advocate for early childhood,” Svihlik expressed. “These are the most important social-emotional years in a child's life. We build foundational skills at First Step Preschool to set the path for future years in education and beyond. To me, as a mother, principal and PCSD graduate, that is absolutely priceless."