Fort Worth ISD To Celebrate Week of the Young Child
Who: Teachers and students in Pre-K and Kindergarten
What: Week of the Young Child™ will be celebrated with a featured display of student work, campus participation in special activities and Fort Worth ISD Early Learning afternoon at the zoo.
When: April 16 – 27
Where: On campuses April 16- 20
At the Fort Worth Zoo April 18, located at 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth 76110
At the District Administration Building April 16 - 27
Fort Worth ISD will join school districts across the country in celebrating Week of the Young Child™ with special events and activities that focus on early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association. This celebration points to the important work happening in early learning that sets the stage for success.
Led by the Fort Worth ISD Early Learning Department, Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers will celebrate the event locally with the use of special literature and curricular learning activities. The District Administration Building will honor Fort Worth ISD’s youngest learners with a featured display of student work April 16 – 27 to mark this special occasion.
On April 18 the first 100 students enrolled in Fort Worth ISD Pre-K and Kindergarten will receive free admission to the Fort Worth Zoo for Early Learning at the Zoo from 3 – 5 p.m. (one ticket per family). The student must be accompanied by an adult inside the zoo. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, information sessions, and animal encounters.
Dr. Cheryl Mixon, executive director of Early Learning, said the Week of the Young Child™ has a long history of advocating for young learners.
“The Week of the Young Child™ is intended to focus public attention on the unique needs of young children and their families and to recognize the many early childhood programs and services that are designed to support those needs,” she said. “It began in 1971 to share with the community the importance and significance of the early childhood years (birth through age 8), which lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.”
Week of the Young Child™ coincides with the District’s continued online registration effort so parents can enroll their young children in Fort Worth ISD’s Pre-K program for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Parents may register at home, using their phone or tablet and accessing fwisd.org/registration. Parents can find their neighborhood campus by using the Fort Worth ISD school locator at the same web address. Parents may also receive online registration assistance at branches of the Fort Worth Public Library. For more details about enrollment in Pre-K, visit www.fwisd.org/prek.
The Week of the Young Child™ celebration fits perfectly with the District’s 100x25 FWTX initiative that sets a goal of 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. Dr. Mixon said the Week of the Young Child™ encourages families to engage with their children in reading and in talking to their children. It provides valuable information to the community as well.
“The Week of the Young Child™ is an opportunity for us to share with the community the impact the early years have on children’s success in school and life,” she said. “We want all to recognize the purposeful, play-based learning experiences that make the early years count.”
The Early Learning Department is focused on providing children from Pre-Kindergarten through second grade with high quality, engaging learning experiences that ignite in every child a passion for learning. The department has just unveiled a revised “Countdown to Kindergarten” booklet for parents to learn about the importance of time spent with their children from birth until they enroll in Kindergarten.