Upcoming Play and Learn Fair for kids is April 5

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child the Eighth Annual Play & Learn Fair will be held at Warsaw Park in Ansonia on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event is being underwritten through the Valley Directors Network, the School Readiness Councils in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton, the Early Childhood Task Force, and the Katharine Matthies Foundation.

The Week of the Young Child runs April 6-12.

The Play and Learn Fair will feature hands-on activities for children and their parents, including Touch A Truck and many exhibitors. Early childhood providers will set up learning centers: including, art, blocks, math, music, science and sensory.

An infant and toddler play space will be featured along with free food and informational handouts.

The theme for the 2014 Week of the Young Child Celebration is, “Early Years are Learning Years.”

Brings attention to needs of children

This annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

For more information, contact Sharon Kelley, co-chair of the Valley Directors Network, at 203-736-2554 or juldaynursery@sbcglobalnet.

About the Valley Directors Network

The Valley Directors Network, a collaborative, was founded in 2005 to foster support for children, families, and staff in the field of early care and education. The group has been responsible for several regional family events and professional development training. Membership currently includes 50 childcare professionals and family support organizations in the lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding areas.