Friends Center Kicks Off “Young Child” Week

Ian Christmann PhotoThe Friends Center for Children, which opened last fall on East Grand Avenue, sent in the following write-up of an event it held.

There were pancakes. Books and children abounded. What better way to celebrate the advancement of early childhood education in New Haven?

The Friends Center for Children celebrated the Week of the Young Child with a tribute Monday to the state’s new Office of Early Childhood. Allyx Schiavone, executive director of the Friends Center, presented an award to Myra Jones-Taylor and her staff for the outstanding contributions they have made to our state’s children and early childhood education.

“It is an honor and privilege to share this award with our staff and the children of the Friends Center,” said Dr. Jones-Taylor. “With this award, we enthusiastically accept the responsibility to move our children forward and continue to advocate for Connecticut’s youngest residents.”

The award was presented to the Connnecticut Office of Early Childhood during the Week of the Young Chil, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This initiative aims 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.

“Friends Center shares the mission of the new Connecticut Office of Early Childhood to advance early childhood education and provide high-quality programs to Connecticut’s children,” said Schiavone. “It is an honor to recognize our esteemed colleagues and friends with this award.”

Dr. Jones-Taylor and her staff were present to accept the award and join the Friends Center’s children, parents and teachers for a pancake breakfast and reading of the beloved children’s author Tomie dePaola’s book Pancakes for Breakfast. This is the first of many events taking place in New Haven sponsored by the New Haven Early Childhood Council (NHECC). For more information on upcoming events in celebration of the Week of the Young Child, visit the NHECC website.

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