Arkansas Children's Week focuses on the state's youngest learners

AR Children's Week celebrated with balloon launch
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The focus is all on the children across the state during Arkansas Children's Week March 10-16.

The Arkansas State University Child Development and Pre-K Center celebrated Tuesday with a balloon launch.

JoAnn Nalley, director of Arkansas State University Childhood Services, said they have planned more than 20 workshops for the event.

"This is an annual event, an annual celebration that since 1988 we have celebrated in Arkansas," Nalley said.

The center has several interactive events planned for the week.

"It's celebrating the youngest learners," Nalley said. "It's celebrating their parents. It is celebrating their teachers. It's celebrating them."

It does not just stop in the classroom. Nalley said the goal is to better involve parents while their children are young.

"Parents are the first teachers and we need to respect that and we need to engage them as much as we can with their activities because this makes a difference," Nalley said.

The theme of the week is Imaginative Play: Setting the Stage for Learning.

The A-State Child Development and Pre-K Center is also still accepting children and some may qualify for it at no cost.

To find out more or enroll your child, contact the center at 870-972-3900.

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