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CYS to observe Week of Young Child, Month of Military Child

      The Fort McCoy Child and Youth Services (CYS) program will celebrate the Week of the Young Child from April 13-19.

      April also is observed as the Month of the Military Child, and the installation's CYS program will have a number of events in honor of the month. All CYS organizations throughout the world are celebrating this event, as well.

      "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 our part to help young children," said Cindy Storkel, CYS site supervisor at Fort McCoy. "(The) Week of the Young Child is time to recognize the importance of learning for all young children, and to bring the Fort McCoy community together to help give all young children a great start."

      Fort McCoy events will begin Friday, April 4 with a crazy hair day in the Child Development Center (CDC). Other Friday themed events will be April 11 crazy outfit day, April 18 sports team day and April 25 hat day.

      During the week of April 7-11, all CDC rooms will be working on art projects to send to Soldiers overseas and deployed parents with children at CYS. A table will be set up in the lobby of building 1747 if families would like to make a card together to send overseas.

      During the week of April 21-25, CDC children will be decorating T-shirts for the June Flag Day parade to be held Friday, June 13.

      Wednesday, April 30 will be silly sock day. Also on April 30 children in the Explorer Room will mail art projects/cards to Soldiers overseas.

      The Fort McCoy School Age Services and Middle School Teen Program also will host events during the Month of the Military Child, which will include a Character Counts! play and reading to the preschool children at the CDC.

      Other events will include fun days for silly socks, pajamas, sports teams, crazy hair and hats. All programs are open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

      The Fort McCoy CDC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of educational programs for children birth through age eight.

(Some information in this story is from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.)


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