High Hopes Development Center will celebrate Week of the Young Child™ beginning with a performance by local musician Kevin Griffin on Monday, April 8. Griffin will play songs for the kids and staff at High Hopes.
“Week of the Young Child™ is a fun-filled way to celebrate our young learners,” said Gail Powell, High Hopes Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to have Kevin perform for our children in observance of Music Monday, the first themed day in our week-long celebration. It’s a great way to kick off this special week.”
Week of the Young Child™ was created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and encourages early childhood programs and community organizations to celebrate young learners during five themed days.
In addition to Music Monday, High Hopes will host:
Taco Tuesday: Promotes nutrition by encouraging students to bring healthy toppings for a taco lunch.
Wacky Wednesday: Encourages students to “embrace uniqueness” by wearing silly clothes and crazy hair.
Thrilling Thursday: Explores student’s imaginations through dressing up as storybook characters, superheroes, etc.
Family Friday: Celebrates High Hopes families with a Spring Fling complete with crafts, food trucks and train rides for children.
Griffin, a resident of Franklin, is a vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Better Than Ezra and also has a solo career. He is a co-founder of Franklin’s Pilgrimage Music Festival, which recently formed a charitable partnership with High Hopes.
“With the festival still months away, we are grateful to see the impact they are already having as our charitable partner,” Powell said.
About High Hopes Development Center
High Hopes Development Center is a 35-year-old non-profit organization that loves, nurtures, and educates children with two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential. Children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child. High Hopes also offers an on-site pediatric therapy clinic, allowing children to receive therapy services during their preschool day. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides occupational, speech, physical and feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success. The mission of High Hopes Development Center is to equip children, youth, and their families with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support.