Academy of Greenlawn
April: Week of the Young Child
The Week of the Young Child is coined by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This organization supports Early Childhood Educators and began the WOYC to celebrate young children and the dedicated teachers and staff who work with them each day! We offer varied activities to our families over the course of the week and hope that you have an opportunity to spend time with us at the center! The staff and children work very hard to transform their classrooms into the theme they are studying. The celebration concludes with a HUGE family event on Friday evening. Each year, the popularity of this event grows and last year, we had over 400 people attend! We close the center at 5:30 and transform the center to support the theme. Individual activities are set out and the families are encouraged to visit each classroom, mingle with other families in the center and get to know the staff outside of their child’s classroom. We incorporate the following activities over the course of the week…
July and August
Throughout The Year
As you can tell, we love to celebrate so the classrooms often have theme related dress up days to reinforce the curriculum!
Together, we’ve celebrated:
Ongoing Parent Involvement
Parents are always encouraged to visit our classrooms because your involvement helps build our community! Here’s how you can participate:
Our motto is “Sharing Is Caring, Always!” We have collected donations on behalf of many organizations over the years because we feel it builds awareness, responsibility and generosity. They are as follows:
Atlantis Marine World: We adopted a Bottle Nosed Dolphin through the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation. After we collected empty bottles and cans and recycled them at Waldbaums, the children voted on which animal they wanted to help and the Bottle Nosed Dolphin had the most votes! We used the money to adopt Ariel…you can see her picture in our entrance way!
American Association for Diabetes: When we found out that one of our children was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, we had a “School Walk” in his honor and raised $1750. This also supported one of our long time teachers, who also has Diabetes!
Long Island Cares and The Northport Food Pantry: We have collected thousands of pounds of non-perishables for both of these organizations. During our Week of The Young Child Event last year, we donated food, hygiene and baby products that filled up 4 shopping carts! We were also able to give a cash donation!
Toys for Tots, Muscular Dystrophy Hop-A-Thon, Trike-A-Thon for Schneider’s Children’s Hospital