Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Child Development Center celebrates ‘Week of the Young Child’ with series of events

OU-C’s Child Development Center recently participated in the National Association for Education of Young Children “The Week of the Young Child” with a series of events.

Preschools across the nation celebrated the week with activities that engaged parents and communities in understanding the importance of early childhood education.  Ross County HeadStart, Chillicothe City Schools, Pioneer School for Children with Developmental Disabilities and Job and Family Services collaboratively created exciting learning activities for the children.

“Be Curious – Learning is Serious Fun!” was the theme of the activities at OU-C’s Child Development Center. Individuals from various career pathways read books from the “Curious George” series. Dean Tuck, Associate Dean Phillips, Rick Marriott, Diane Horn, Nancy Ames, Kelly Mettler, Tamara Lowe, Jennifer McKell, Ty Hinton, Cathy Hughes, Adrienne D’Souza, Mary Elsass and Wayne McLaughlin were just few of the community volunteers who shared a book with the preschoolers. 

On Tuesday, the center hosted a family fun night. Children and parents participated in 10 reading and writing games with Curious George, who visited with the students. Each child received a “Curious George” book, courtesy of Kohl’s, which also sent volunteers to help with the activities. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library also sponsored events through the United Way of Ross County.

On Wednesday, the children viewed the Preschool Sign Choir presented by Kris Ramsey and participated in the “Rabbit Radio-W-HOP” produced by the Pioneer staff.  The Alumni Association filmed the production and will be presenting it on May 30 and 31 at “On the Green Weekend.” The children’s artwork will also be featured, including the literacy quilt they produced.

The center honored Jaycees and Junior Civic League for their contributions to the center’s agencies throughout the year.

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