Child care center celebrates 'Week of the Young Child'

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

ST. MICHAELS, April 10, 2014

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(Times photos - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: A bobcat seems to silently stare at the Karigan Child Care Center students on Tuesday during the Navajo Nation Zoo's presentation in St. Michaels.

MIDDLE: Karigan Child Care Center student Jaylem Wauneka, 5, wears a toy firefighter helmet given to him by the Navajo Nation Fire Department on Tuesday during his school's celebration of Week of the Young Child in St. Michaels.

BOTTOM: Kanani Yazzie, 2, second from right, and some of her classmates at Karigan Child Care Center pose in front of the Navajo Nation flag during their school's celebration of Week of the Young Child on Tuesday in St. Michaels. The day care center had different activities arranged for their students to participate in throughout the week.

The purple carpet in the Karigan Child Care Center cafeteria was the place to be on Wednesday as all the little kids sat side by side smiling and listening to Navajo royalty.

“Ahéhee” echoed throughout the cafeteria at the end of each presentation as the children, ages one to five, waved to the princesses, thanking them for sharing their talents. This week is “Week Of The Young Child” for the children and staff at the child care center and each day has its own theme. For instance, Monday was story telling day, Tuesday was career day, and Wednesday was cultural day, in which several of them were dressed to impress with moccasins, jewelry and their hair tied up in a bun.

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