This article originally ran April 20, 2009 on nj.com
Crazy hats, face painting, and multicultural food day are some of the events planned to mark "National Week of the Young Child" at the North Ward Child Development Center in Newark.
Children will come to school this week wearing crazy hats or crazy hair, shirts from their favorite sports team, pajamas and a clothes that don't match, said Michele Sceppaguercio, the director of the North Ward Child Development Center. Other activities include bringing a special person to breakfast and multicultural food day.
"It's an opportunity for socialization with children in a fun atmosphere," Sceppaguercio said. "It's also an opportunity for parents to come in to spend time with their children."
Now in its 27th year, National Week of the Young Child honors the more than 35 million children nationwide under the age of eight, as well as the families, teachers, caregivers, and other adults who help youngsters in their early years.
The North Ward Center operates preschools at five locations in Newark's North Ward serving nearly 700 3- and 4-year olds. It is the largest Abbott preschool provider in the state.
Child care centers throughout Newark are celebrating the week with a variety of events. For more information on the events, contact the City's Office of Children's Program at 973-733-7976.
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