Week of the Young Child


Week of the Young Child is April 16 - 20

Please join in community events and specials to help celebrate all the young children in our lives.

The Nurturing Center and the FAEYC are collaborating with our community to provide some activities and experiences for families and childcare providers during the week. We have a Dance Party planned with Oula dancers, specials at Baskin Robbins, Plantland, and Imagination Station, and volunteer readers going out to childcare programs in our region!

Big picture

Week of the Young Child Overview

Music Monday! April 16, 2018

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18.

TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

--------------------------------Dance Party at Gateway Community Center-----------------------------

6pm to 9pm with refreshments!!

Sponsored by FAEYC, The Nurturing Center, Flathead City-County Health Dept.

Tasty Tuesday April 17, 2018

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

-------------------------------Look below for a family friendly taco recipe!--------------------------------

Work Together Wednesday April 18, 2018

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.

TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!

Artsy Thursday April 19, 2018

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.

TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!

---------Hockaday Museum of Art is offering free 30 minute time slots for programs.--------

See below for more details!

Family Friday April 20, 2018

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.

TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families

Week of the Young Child Dance Party!!!!

Monday, April 16th, 6-9pm

1203 U.S. 2

Kalispell, MT

Thanks to generous support from the United Way, FAEYC, and The Nurturing Center, we are able to provide a family fun Dance Party! There will be two skilled Oula instructors to start the night off and get the energy going. Come on over to the Gateway Community Center Monday April 16th to shimmy and shake the evening away. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Big picture

Artsy Thursday at the Hockaday

Thursday, April 19th, 10am-3pm

302 2nd Avenue East

Kalispell, MT

Thursday only, The Hockaday Museum of Art is offering a free Intro to the Museum and art activity for childcare programs. You must call in advance to request a 30 minute time option between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children in your program to visit a museum and learn about art from an experienced and highly qualified Docent. Please think about enriching your program with this opportunity!

Call Kathy Martin at the Hockaday to reserve your time - 755-5268 extension 226

ImagineIf Early Literacy Classes

Big picture

Monday: Footloose Friends

Columbia Falls /11am-12pm

Tuesday: Footloose Friends

Kalispell /11am-12pm

Wednesday: Footloose Friends

Bigfork /10:30-11:30am

Wednesday: Super Scholars

Columbia Falls /10:30-11:30am

Kalispell /11am-12pm

Thursday: Early Explorers

Kalispell /11am-12pm

Thursday: Super Scholars (for daycares)

Columbia Falls /10:30-11:30am

No Registration Required

Early Explorers

Share smiles, stories, rhymes and more at this entertaining and interactive class for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. Rhythm and repetition form a foundation for learning by strengthening language connections in the brain. Participants will also learn fun techniques for using books, songs, and rhymes at home. (birth to age 2)

Footloose Friends

Sing, dance, read and explore while also building social and emotional skills. This fun and interactive class is for toddlers and preschoolers who love to move! Bring your sense of fun for the included messy and sensory play that helps prepare children for future learning success. Caregiver participation encouraged. (ages 2-4)

Super Scholars

With a special emphasis on independence and a focus on longer stories, listening, and taking turns, preschoolers in this class will gain skills they need for kindergarten success. Sessions will also include fun songs, movement and basic literacy concepts, as well as math and science exploration. (ages 4-5)

Big picture

Dollar Scoops at Baskin Robbins!

Monday, April 16th, 11am to Friday, April 20th, 10pm

649 West Idaho Street

Kalispell, MT

During Week of the Young Child, Baskin Robins is offering dollar scoops for children that come in with their childcare provider as a group. Please call ahead to let them know how many children will be coming. 755-3132
Big picture

30% Off Fairy Garden Accessories at Plant Land

Monday, April 16th, 9am to Friday, April 20th, 5pm

1008 U.S. 2

Kalispell, MT

Now is the time to create that fantastical Fairy Garden your child has wanted! Plant Land is offering 30% all their Fairy Garden Accessories for Week of the Young Child. Bring your children in to get items to create a magical space for some friendly fairies.
Big picture

20% OFF

Monday, April 16th, 9:30am to Friday, April 20th, 6pm

221 Central Avenue

Whitefish, MT

Imagination Station would like to join in the fun for Week of the Young Child and is offering 20% off store wide for childcare providers and teachers. It's great time to buy something new for all those kiddos you serve every day! Offer good at Whitefish and Kalispell locations

Family Friendly Recipe Idea

Build-Your-Own Chicken Tacos

From: EatingWell.com, June 2017

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15m Ready In: 40m

This kid-friendly recipe keeps every element of tacos separate so your child can decide to eat them separately or have fun building their own mini tacos with their favorite toppings. Plus, it's perfect for packing into a bento box for a healthy lunch for school.


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

½ cup mild salsa

2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

8 corn tortillas, warmed and halved


~Place chicken in a large saucepan and add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer. ~Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165°F, about 15 minutes.

~Remove the chicken to a clean cutting board. (Discard poaching liquid or save for another use.)

~Let cool slightly, then shred the chicken into bite-size pieces with two forks.

~Transfer shredded chicken to a bowl and stir in salsa.

~Serve the chicken, lettuce, cheese and tortillas separately for build-your-own tacos.

Nutrition information

Serving size: 4 taco halves

Per serving: 354 calories; 12 g fat(6 g sat); 4 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 109 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,414 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 246 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 397 mg sodium; 638 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (48% daily value), Calcium (25% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1½

Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 1 high-fat protein, ½ starch, ½ vegetable