Week of the Young Child events planned April 12-16 in Kearney

KEARNEY – Families, educators, advocates and community members are invited to take part in the upcoming Kearney Area Week of the Young Child activities.

Scheduled for April 12-16, the free events celebrate early learning, young children and their teachers, families and community.

“In early childhood education, children learn from their families, providers and the community. During Week of the Young Child, we support these relationships by providing fun activities, materials and resources for all stakeholders. The event is a chance to grow our community knowledge in early education so we can help build the foundation for our youngest children,” said Chelsea Bartling, director of the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s LaVonne Kopecky Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center.

Established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Week of the Young Child events are planned across the country to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.


Monday, April 12 – 8:15-9 a.m.
Kickoff event at local child care centers and schools featuring community leaders and other individuals, as well as Louie the Loper, student-athletes, bands, singers, dancers and more.

Tuesday, April 13 – 5-7:30 p.m.
“Celebrate the Young Children” event at Hilltop Mall, 5011 Second Ave., with a free barbecue dinner and agency booths with games and prizes. Families can access community programs, and Plambeck Center, Bright Futures Preschool and kindergarten registration will be available. Mall businesses will also join in the fun.

Thursday, April 15 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
“Family Movie Night” at Golden Ticket Cinemas inside Hilltop Mall featuring a free screening of a family appropriate movie for adults and children. Attendance is limited, and concessions are available for purchase.

Friday, April 16 – 4-8 p.m.
“Family Friday” activities in downtown Kearney. Families are encouraged to explore the community, support local businesses and enjoy outdoor time together by visiting local parks and recreational areas.

Kearney Area Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center, UNK’s College of Education, Kearney Public Schools, Bright Futures Preschool, Buffalo County Community Partners, Nebraska Early Learning Connection, Rooted in Relationships and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.

For more information, contact Bartling at 308-865-1576 or bartlingc@unk.edu.