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Celebrate early learning and educators who support the development of young children

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Communities across Arizona will join the annual nationwide celebration that focuses attention on early learning and the educators who support the positive development of young children.

Many First Things First regions are partnering with local organizations to recognize the annual Week of the Young Child, which this year falls during April 8-12, and is hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The week is filled with ideas for hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food and art.

In the far northeast corner of the state,  the FTF Navajo Nation Region will host a two-hour radio forum on local station KTNN-AM/FM on April 10, designed to give listeners – especially parents and caregivers of young children – an opportunity to discuss topics ranging from early literacy and language to healthy brain development with a panel of early childhood experts. The interactive Read and Rise Radio Forum will broadcast live on KTNN-660 AM and KTNN-101.5 FM from 6-8 p.m. daylight saving time (DST).

In the central part of the state, The FTF Pinal Region, along with the Pinal Early Childhood Coalition, will host family fun events throughout Pinal County during Week of the Young Child, starting with a free event 10 a.m. to noon, April 8 at Pacana Park in Maricopa.

There is a theme for each day of the week: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday. Each theme focuses on a particular content area with suggestions for celebrating while also raising awareness of the importance of quality early experiences. Follow and share with the hashtag #woyc19 on social media to amplify the importance of early learning in Arizona and across the country.

Week of the Young Child events

FTF East Maricopa Region
April 9
9:45-10:30 a.m.
Family Yoga Story Time and Snack
No experience necessary, but come dressed to move. There will be stories, songs and yoga poses, followed by a healthy treat during WOYC’s Tasty Tuesday, which focuses on healthy eating and fitness.
Desert Foothills Library
38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

FTF Navajo Nation Region
April 10
6-8 p.m. daylight saving time (DST)
Read and Rise Radio Forum will broadcast live on KTNN-AM 660 and KTNN-FM 101.5.

FTF Pinal Region
April 8
10 a.m.-noon
Free Family Fun Day
Pacana Park
19000 N. Porter Road, Maricopa, AZ 85138

April 9
10 a.m.-noon
Free Family Fun Day
Flatiron Park
100 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120

April 10
10 a.m.-noon
Free Family Fun Day
San Carlos Park
300 W. Central Ave., Coolidge, AZ 85128

April 11
10 a.m.-noon
Free Family Fun Day
Central (Main Street) Park
601 N. C St., Eloy, AZ 85131

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