The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Early SUCCESS at UTC to participate in The Week of the Young Child

Among the events planned for The Week of the Young Child (April 19-23) are two days of fun and games at Warner Park. Strategies for Urban Child Care, Education, Support and Services (Early Success) is partnering with a host of other organizations to provide activities. Early SUCCESS is an early childhood educator professional development grant from the U.S. Department of Education, secured through the UTC Children’s Center.

Kerry Hofer, Early SUCCESS project manager would like to invite children to participate. “There will be two days of activities at Warner Park on April 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to come by the Early SUCCESS activity booth, where we will be making crowns with children and reading Where the Wild Things Are, Jewels on the Crown, I Am the King, and The Littlest Princess,” Hofer said.

In case of rain on Tuesday, April 20 the event will continue on Wednesday, April 21. If it rains on Wednesday, all events will be cancelled.

The Week of the Young Child highlights the importance of families, early childhood professionals, and communities working together to support every child’s healthy development and early learning.

The Chattanooga Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) advocates a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of early childhood education. CAEYC has many 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. CAEYC is an affiliate of NAEYC, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight.

"Quality early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make for our children’s future,” said Jane Chastain, CAEYC board president. “Research shows that children attending high quality programs are more likely to develop the language, pre-mathematics and social skills they need to succeed in school.”

Other activities scheduled for The Week of the Young Child include:

  • CAEYC will host a banquet on Thursday, April 22 featuring Hedda Sharapan from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. Tickets are $25. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. For additional information call 757-5302
  • On Friday morning from 9 a.m- Noon, Sharapan will teach a workshop for childcare providers and parents titled “What Do You Do with the Mad that you Feel?" Helping children deal with their angry feelings—a developmental approach with insight and strategies from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. The seminar will be held at the Avondale Head Start Center. The cost is $10. Seating is limited. To make your reservation call 757-5302.

If you would like more information, please call or email Early SUCCESS project manager Kerry Guess Hofer at (423)425-5375.