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Week of the Young Child


South Mountain Community College hosts its own celebrations in honor of National Week of the Young Child™ with movies and a family festival!

PHOENIX, AZ – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) – Early Education students and faculty are taking our program to the next level with a week full of free events dedicated to young learners! Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to recognize the importance of early learning, early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and programs that launch children on the path to lifelong learning and education success.

SMCC will be celebrating with a movie marathon leading to a Family Fun Saturday in conjunction with the City of Phoenix and Tree of Life Preschool Academy. Family Fun Saturday will feature a bike rodeo among other activities, engaging parents, children and educators in a one-of-a-kind celebration.

“The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is an excellent opportunity for our students to stand up for our youngest learners. At SMCC, we proudly embrace and advocate for all children and their families, and acknowledge their right to high-quality inclusive equitable early learning experiences that honor children, their culture and their uniqueness. Our Teacher Education programs prepare teachers who make a meaningful difference in our communities,” said Alicia Smith, SMCC Early Education Faculty and Program Coordinator.

“The Week of the Young Child™ is an optimal time for all of us to recognize that the Early Years are Learning Years® for all young children” added Alicia Smith, to emphasize this is a way to honor and celebrate education for young children. Program students and faculty invite families to the following events:

Wednesday, April 3

11:30 – 1:30 PM | South Mountain Community Library Room 162

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical version of Cinderella (rated G)

6:30 – 8:30 PM | North Campus Complex (NCC) Room 132

Under the Same Moon, (rated PG13)

Thursday, April 4

11:30 – 1:30 PM | South Mountain Community Library Room 162

Rabbit-Proof Fence (rated PG)

Saturday, April 6

Family Fun Saturday

9:30 – 11:30 AM | North Parking Lot off S 24th St, between Southern and Baseline.

Events are free and open to the public.