PLAINFIELD, NJ - April has been designated as the Month of the Young Child throughout the Plainfield community.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child 45 years ago, recognizing that the early childhood years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later in life.

The Neighborhood House Association spearheaded the concept of a Month of the Young Child parade which included children from child care providers across the community. 

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For the past 14 years, P.I.E.C.E.S. (Plainfield Initiative for Early Childhood Educational Services), Plainfield Public Schools Early Childhood Advisory Council, unites parents, community members, organizations, and businesses to collaboratively improve the delivery of educational, health, and social services to the preschool community.  P.I.E.C.E.S. has assisted in the collaboration of the Month of the Young Child with a celebration.

This year the celebration will start Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. with a ceremony to begin the Month of the Young Child by the Plainfield Public Schools Superintendent and Mayor Adrian Mapp on the steps of City Hall.

Throughout the month various activities will be held in preschool centers and elementary schools across town.  The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Youngest Leaners” with a focus on literacy.