1000 x 90

Watauga County Celebrates National Week of the Young Child

By Jess Kleean

The Children’s Council invites Watauga County residents to come together for Early Childhood Educators during the Week of the Young Child™, April 23-29, 2017.  As part of the national Week of the Young Child™, celebrated across the country, Watauga County and The Children’s Council are honoring young children and the early childhood educators that care for them.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for school as well as in the long term to prepare them to be good citizens, and Watauga has a great opportunity to do our part to help young children,” said Mary Scott, Program and Outreach Coordinator for The Children’s Council. “Week of the Young Child™ is a time for Watauga County to recognize that Early Years are Learning Years® for all young children.”  

Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.   

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care to help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Watauga County.  Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

The Children’s Council has over 150 early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

How is The Children’s Council celebrating Week of the Young Child?

Sunday, April 23 – Dine Out for Kids!  The following restaurants will generously be donating at least 10% of proceeds from that day to the Children’s Council:  Dos Amigos, Tapp Room, Melanie’s, Lost Province, Puerto Nuevo, Best Cellar, The New Public House, Basil’s, Coyote Kitchen, Proper, Town Tavern of Blowing Rock, Sunrise Grill, The Peddler, and Casa Rustica.  Make sure to go out to eat anytime on April 23rd at these fabulous restaurants for a delicious and easy way to help children in your community!

Monday, April 24- 1:00-4:00 pm – Open House at the Children’s Council!  Join us to learn about the free items available for checkout, have a snack, hear about our programs and enjoy story time and children’s activities!

Tuesday, April 25- Teacher Tuesday! Today we celebrate teachers by delivering “Cookies for Caregivers”.  Cookies are being donated to honor Early Childhood Professionals. Take a moment today to honor your child’s teacher in a special way!

Wednesday, April 25- Breakfast of Champions! RSVP Required. Call Mary Scott if you would like an invitation, as space is limited. (828) 262-5424.

Thursday, April 26- The Playhouse and Kids Can Cook! Free entry to the Playhouse for up to 4 people if you bring in a pack of diapers to donate to the Children’s Council Diaper Bank!  Also, at 11:00 – Join us for a fun workshop that will allow kids to prepare and taste some healthy food! Offered by NC Cooperative Extension at the Playhouse.

Friday, April 28- Family Movie Night!  Join us at 6:00 pm at the Watauga County Library to see The Secret Life of Pets!!!  Feel free to bring snacks or dinner with you.

Saturday, April 29-

  • THE ANNUAL CHILDREN & BABY FAIR!!!!!!  Join us from 9-12 at the National Guard Armory for this FREE event for families! There will be plenty of children’s activities as well as resources and information for parents. Bounce house, face painting, fire truck, and tons of resources and activities for children!
  • The Cardinal – After party!  The Cardinal will be donating 10% of proceeds to The Children’s Council all day at 1711 NC-105 in Boone.

Established in 1977, the Children’s Council of Watauga County, Inc. builds upon the strengths of children, families, and educators by investing resources, information, and training toward promoting the future health and success of our greatest community asset:  Our Children.

The Children’s Council is located at 225 Birch St. Suite #3 Boone
For more information, Call: (828) 262-5425