Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with More than 40 Free Events


Many hands, big and little, have busily prepared for the Week of the Young Child (WOYC), an annual nationwide celebration that has become a tradition for Shasta County families with young children. WOYC will take place April 11-18, 2015 and families are encouraged to use the WOYC Calendar at first5shasta.org to plan a week of memorable outings with their children. Behind the scenes, many big hands from a diverse group of agencies, organizations, and family-focused groups have come together to create over 40 fun, education-rich events that also help families connect with vital services and resources. In the friendly WOYC environment, children enjoy activities and parents may learn about supports they didn’t realize were available to them.

In addition to publishing and distributing the WOYC Calendar, First 5 Shasta has awarded a total of $5,195 in WOYC 2015 Mini-Grants to support WOYC events and is providing over 1,000 children’s books that will be handed out during the week. Congratulations to the following WOYC 2015 mini-grant recipients!


First 5 Shasta’s Spot the Paperdoll Contest on Facebook (www.facebook.com/first5shasta): April 4-8 Clues will be posted to  lead participants to special paperdolls displayed at 5 different businesses – take a pic, post and win a supply of children’s books.

Little hands also have been hard at work as young children from Shasta County preschools, child cares, and other children’s groups handcrafted WOYC paper dolls for display in shop windows. Whether decorated with colorful scribbles or wildly adorned with google eyes, yarn hair and sequins, the paper dolls announce the Week of the Young Child. Most importantly, they remind us to support quality early childhood development and learning that helps children succeed in school, grow into productive adults, and ultimately contribute to a thriving community.

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