“Almost one-quarter of children under five years old receive child care from someone other than a parent” –americanprogress.org
A newborn’s brain is only about one-quarter the size of an adult’s. It grows to approximately 80 percent of adult size by three years of age and 90 percent by age five. (zerotothree.org) Children’s earliest experiences in child care and at home literally affect brain development and predict future successes.
Parents play the most active and significant role in their baby’s healthy development. Young children learn and grow in strong families where parents are able to successfully face the challenge of finding care for their children while meeting their work and other responsibilities.
To help build strong families the Kent ISD and PNC present: Play Learn Explore, Early Childhood Resource Fair. This one stop for family fun and information on child care, preschool and community services, happens on Saturday, April 23, 2016, on the Kent ISD Campus.
Planning committee member, Lisa Lomasney, Events Coordinator from Appletree and Gilden Woods says “We are excited to be involved with this community-focused event. We look forward to families benefiting from the collection of individuals, organizations, and vendors that have been gathered as well as have a day of family fun.”
This FREE fair will run from 9 am to 1 pm in the Kent Career Tech Center on the Kent ISD Campus, next to the Knapp Meijer and will feature:
- Maranda from WOTV 4 will be at the event to talk with families and to play some games with kids.
- Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George from WGVU Public Media!
- Talk with Preschools, Child Care Centers and Home-based child care providers from Kent County.
- Register for FREE preschool for 4-year olds.
- Free Hearing and Vision Screening for youngsters during the event.
- 35 helpful organizations supporting families will be exhibitors.
- Cooking Demonstrations and Nutrition information.
- Puppet Shows from Kevin Kammeraad.
- Play dress up with staff from Appletree & Gilden Woods Learning Centers.
- Games and activities for young children.
- Meet mascots from local sports teams.
- Fire Engines, Squad Cars, Big Trucks will be on display.
We anticipate this being an amazing event with a combination of resources never before offered in one place!
Joanne Sweedyk, owner of Joanne’s Tot Shop says “I am so excited for the Early Childhood Resource Fair, Play Learn Explore and the opportunity to speak with families about their needs for child care. I am pumped to showcase my program and the importance I place on play and being outside as much as possible.”
Stop wasting your time driving all over Kent County but never finding what you need- come to this event and talk to REAL people about your REAL needs.
For more information, or to sign up for a booth or as a sponsor, please visit: http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/early-childhood/