Cranford Celebrates National Week of the Young Child

National Week of the Young Child

Calvary Nursery School & Child Care (CNSCC) recently welcomed children and families from Helen K. Baldwin Nursery School and St. Michael’s Early Childhood Program to Holly Street for a return of their annual Block Party & Ice Cream Social in celebration of the “Week of the Young Child.”  As part of the national celebrations held across the country, organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.), these three programs from Cranford’s early childhood community, came together with their Township Police and Fire Departments, to honor young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

“Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. The experiences our young children encounter during this time shapes their future learning and development,” said Stacy Nick, Director of CNSCC. “This fun event is a great way to recognize the importance of early learning for all young children and to bring Cranford together to recognize those that dedicate their lives to working with them.”

Cranford’s Mayor Kathleen Prunty commented, “This year more than ever, the importance of early childhood programs for both children and their families has come to the forefront and I’m proud to join our community in saluting those who care and educate our youngest learners here today.”  

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits to the community.  The 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.

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