Kids have Fun while Parents Learn about Early Child Development
By Alison Hilborn, Our Kids Network Acton Community Hub Coordinator
The Acton Early Years Committee just celebrated the 3rd Annual Acton Kindergarten Fun Fair at Prospect Park on Wednesday, August 30th. There were free hot dogs, fun activities, early year’s resources and t-shirts for the children! Over 270 people attended and the weather held out for us. It was great to see the all the children wearing shirts with “I’m an awesome Acton Kid” printed on the front and a list of helpful resources for families on the back.
This event is designed to be a ‘community welcome’ to Acton families who have children going into Kindergarten for the first time. A convenient, central location like Prospect Park makes it easy for families to attend.
We want them to know that all the elementary schools in Acton are working together by supporting our event each year. Each school hung a banner in the band shell with fun props so families could take their child’s picture with their new school’s banner behind them.
This event is also a response to the concerning number of children going into Kindergarten with one or more vulnerabilities according to the latest Early Development Instrument results. For example, one of the highest vulnerabilities is in the area of fine and gross motor skills. That’s one reason we offer so many active activities at our Fun Fair – to help increase awareness of the importance of early child development, particularly in the area of fine and gross motor skills, among our families.
“Awesome Acton” kids had lots of fun as they tried out games and activities designed to build the fine and gross motor skills that will help them be better prepared to start Kindergarten.
The Acton Early Years Committee and our partners really want to decrease the EDI number significantly but it’s going to take time and lots of hard work, especially when it comes to reaching parents with preschool children. On a positive note, the committee is well represented by organizations that are focused on early child development, so Acton is in good hands. We’re a strong team and we work hard on behalf of Acton families. The Acton Fun Fair is just one of the ways that we support children and their families.
To learn more about the Acton Early Years Committee, contact Alison Hilborn at email@example.com.
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