Teaching Research Institute

Play parade to celebrate Week of the Young Child

The Teaching Research Institute’s Child Development Center, housed at Western Oregon University, will host a Play Parade on Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. in front of Todd hall. This event is to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.

Attendees are encouraged to bring musical instruments and visit the Play’s the Thing Galleries. The classrooms in the Child Development Center have collected a wide variety of children’s art and pictures to demonstrate how children develop through play. These collections will be on display in over five separate galleries throughout campus for all to see. Every child enrolled will have at least two items displayed.

The 2012 Week of the Young Child is held April 23 through 27. Every spring early childhood educators and programs all over the United States celebrate this week to highlight the importance of quality care and education for young children. This annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to reach out and emphasize the crucial role that adults play in giving children the foundation needed to succeed in school and beyond. Activities during the week are intended to educate families, students, and faculty to the importance of play in a child’s life and the need for quality care and education.

About TRI
TRI’s mission is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems that improve the quality of life for individuals. Originally established in 1961 with a focus on educational research, TRI also focuses on evaluation, professional development, and technical assistance, in traumatic brain injury, sensory disabilities, autism, early childhood care and education, teacher effectiveness, data analysis and systems, and proficiency-based teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms. Teaching Research houses two national centers, the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, and the Center on Brain Injury Research & Training – both of which provide services and resources throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

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Ingrid Amerson
Director, Child Development Center
amersoni@wou.edu or 503-838-8769

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