HCC To Observe Week of Young Child

Events April 12-15

Free and Open to Public

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College is hosting a week of activities starting April 12 to observe the national Week of the Young Child.

“The Week of the Young Child is an annual national observance that calls public attention to the needs of young children and their families,” said HCC early Childhood Education Instructor Michele Cohen. “Its goal is to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.”

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) provide the foundation for children's success in school and later life, Cohen said.  The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan to better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

The HCC events include:

  • Throughout April, Cafeteria, Lafayette Hall. Little Hands children’s art exhibit will be on display.
  • Monday, April, 12: 5 -7 p.m., Events Center, Beacon Hall.  The movie Nursery University will be shown. The documentary focuses on five different New York City families, each from varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds that attempt to navigate their way through the ultra-competitive world of getting their 3-year-old into an elite Manhattan nursery school.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Events Center, Beacon Hall. Literacy through Lyrics. This event will address supporting children’s developing language skills through music. There will be lots of singing, rhyming, clapping and laughing.
  • Wednesday, April 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. HCC Courtyard. Help Children Soar. Come fly a kite with the children of the lab school (weather permitting).
  • Wednesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Events Center, Beacon Hall. Cultural Competence. This interactive workshop provides a framework for exploring culture in the lives of early care and educational professionals, and the children and families they work with. The focus will be on communicating across cultures and respecting diverse values about child growth and development. Registration is required. E-mail
  • Thursday, April 15, Room 223, 2-4 p.m., Beacon Hall. Children’s Books across the Curriculum. The focus will be on using children’s books in the college classroom.
  • Thursday, April 15, 4:30-6 p.m. Little Hands reception in the Lafayette Hall cafeteria.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off  I-95 (Exit #27) and Rte. 8 (Exit #1) in downtown Bridgeport, a block from the area at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the HCC garage.