The raffle baskets were a huge hit again this year. With the great selection of books, plush toys, and other goodies kids were very motivated to check out 5 books for a chance to win. We had thousands of tickets entered into the drawings.
Literacy Celebrations took place in 6 Wake County Regional Libraries during Week of the Young child. Students from Meredith College and Wake Tech Community College presented story times. UNC-TV's Betsy, from Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures, and Read-A-Roo made appearances at several of the events, and WakeAEYC volunteers provided craft activities for the children. Attendance at the events topped 200 people!
Our Professional Development Event drew about 75 people for a day of learning about brain development and collaborating with families. Participants took away strategies for communicating with families and helping children cope with being separated from families while in early childhood programs. The information on brain development and how to encourage healthy brain growth fascinated and inspired attendees to engage children and families in social play activities.