'Week of the Young Child' celebrates early childhood in Rapides Parish

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - It's time to celebrate early childhood education in Rapides Parish. Sunday the parish's early childhood program kicked off their 'week of the young child' at Kees Park.

The community center was packed with little ones who were busy getting their faces painted, making paper hats and other crafts.

The event is held to let parents know about the events schools and childcare centers will hold this week to celebrate their children.

Special activities will take place April 1-5. Organizers said it was great to see so many families participate.

"We are giving them some parent information when they come," said Rapides Early Childhood Coordinator Cindy Rushing. "It is also just a way for parents and young children to do fun things together. We have parents making hats, we have parents doing all of the same activities that their children are just to celebrate the focus on early childhood."

Rushing said a child's school or childcare center will have information for parents about planned activities for the week.