A special program last Saturday marked the end of the celebration of the Service Provider’s Week by the CNMI Childcare Provider Association. The event took place at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multipurpose Center in Susupe.
Pre-school and elementary students from different daycare, and early childhood and primary schools on Saipan participated in the event. They performed dance numbers and recited poems and bible verses.
Acting Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter was the guest speaker,
Green Meadows School and Pure Love Daycare, Smart Start, Loving Hands, Angel Kindergarten, Northern Marianas International School, Golden Harvest International School, R&Q Daycare, Mom’s Daycare Learning Center, Holy Angel Daycare, Gana Daycare, Gospel Light Daycare, CWM Trust Daycare, and Keynotes School of Music participated.
CNMI-CPA president Milagros M. Songcuan said the weeklong celebration aims to further promote public awareness “on the needs of the young children and their families.”
Songcuan added that recognizing the early childhood programs and services that meet the needs is also part of the commemoration.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children organizes the Week of the Young Child’s annual celebration. NAEYC is the world’s largest early childhood education association with close to 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.
The first Week of the Young Child celebration was first held in 1971 after NAEYC officials back then believed that laying the foundation for the success of a child is from birth to 8 years old.
“The week of the young child is a time to plan how we, as citizens of the community and a nation, will better meet the needs of all young children and their families,” said Songcuan, who is also the president of GMS.
Lina Villagomez, vice president; Dhez Javier, secretary; and Kim Mi Ae, treasurer are the other CNMI-CPA officers.