The Early Learning Center Celebrates the Week of the Young Child

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Every year the Early Learning Center (ELC) at Gateway Community College (GCC) celebrates The Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) with many events for children and their families. 

This year classrooms gathered with GCC Librarians, Martha Lipowski, and Lillian Maisfehlt, for The Little Read, a local event organized through the New Haven Early Childhood Council (NHECC). During The Little Read, the children read and talked about this year’s book, I Love Our Earth/ Amo Nuestra Tierra written by Bill Martin Jr. After each classroom reading, children were given a copy of the book to take home.  Children were able to share the stories with their families. 

The classrooms did many projects and activities that supported the WOYC themes; Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday, as well as language-based activities to coincide with the book, I Love Our Earth/ Amo Nuestra Tierra.  The families also worked on a take-home project called “A Page from History” where they created a visual representation of their family culture.  On Family Friday the children shared their creations at circle time which are now on display in the classroom.

The Early Learning Center’s Annual Art Show was held from April 1st through the 22nd, allowing the children to share their artwork with the GCC community.  The Opening was held on Wednesday, April 6th and children were able to journey upstairs to the third-floor student gallery where the paintings, drawings, and sculptures were on display. As always, visitors were invited to write down comments and words of encouragement in the guest book for the young artists to hear. After the guest book is collected, we will read all of the comments to the children.

For questions about the Early Learning Center, please contact Sarah Chambers, Director or 203-285-2132.