The Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program encourages community participation in the Week of the Young Child from April 19-25 and Month of the Military Child, which is celebrated in April.

All CYSS organizations throughout the world are celebrating these events, as well. As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, Fort McCoy is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.

The Fort McCoy installation's CYSS program will hold a number of events in honor of the month, beginning with the Rising Star's room art show Monday, March 30, which will be held the entire week in the lobby of the Child Development Center (CDC), building 1747.

"All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and Fort McCoy has a great opportunity to do its part to help young children," said Cindy Storkel, CDC director at Fort McCoy. "Week of the Young Child is time to recognize the importance of early learning for all young children, and to bring the Fort McCoy community together to help give all young children a great start."

On Monday, April 1, Freddie the Fire Truck will be coming to read stories to the Explorer and Discovery rooms with the assistance of the firefighters. Then on Friday, April 3, Tiny Treasures will have their annual Spring Fling starting at 3:15 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend to do some special projects with their child in the classroom.

During the week of April 6-10, The Discovery room will be having an art show in the lobby the entire week. On Friday, April 10 the Explorer room will be having their annual Spring Fling starting at 3:15 p.m. This again will be a time for families to come and do special projects with their child.
During the week of April 13-17, the Explorer room will be having an art show in the lobby the entire week. On Friday, April 17, the Discovery room will be having their annual Spring Fling starting at 3:15 p.m. Several VIP readers also will come in to read to the children throughout the week.

During the week of April 20-24, the Tiny Treasures room art show will be in the CDC lobby for the entire week.

Mother Goose will stop by April 22 to read some of her classic stories with the children. On Friday, April 24 Curt Ladwig of the Fort McCoy Fire Department also will share special stories with the children.

The last week of April, CDC will be focusing on making cards for deployed Soldiers. A table will be set up throughout the week in the lobby for families to make special cards for Soldiers. The activities will conclude with the Rising Star's room doing its annual Spring Fling starting at 3:15 p.m. for their children and families to come and participate in some fun family activities.
These are just a few of the activities going on during the month of April.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits to Fort McCoy, Storkel said.

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 to young children.

Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services has more than 20 early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.
All programs are open to attendance by members of the Fort McCoy community.

The Fort McCoy Child Development Center is an affiliate of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) of Washington, D.C., the largest organizations of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has more than 80,000 members and a national network of more-than 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16