Ak-Chin Indian Community Celebrates Week of the Young Child

April 22-28 observance included family events focusing on development of young children

Araya Pena enjoys her personalized Ice Cream Sundae, at the Ak-Chin Child Development's Ice Cream social, which was held to Celebrate The Week of the Young Child.
Araya Pena enjoys her personalized Ice Cream Sundae, at the Ak-Chin Child Development's Ice Cream social, which was held to Celebrate The Week of the Young Child.
  • Araya Pena enjoys her personalized Ice Cream Sundae, at the Ak-Chin Child Development's Ice Cream social, which was held to Celebrate The Week of the Young Child.
    Araya Pena enjoys her personalized Ice Cream Sundae, at the Ak-Chin Child Development's Ice Cream social, which was held to Celebrate The Week of the Young Child.
    Araya Pena enjoys her personalized Ice Cream Sundae, at the Ak-Chin Child Development's Ice Cream social, which was held to Celebrate The Week of the Young Child.
    Araya Pena enjoys her personalized Ice Cream Sundae, at the Ak-Chin Child Development's Ice Cream social, which was held to Celebrate The Week of the Young Child.
  • - Ida Soliz & Grandson, Draven Soliz sit down to eat their Pancake Breakfast; a part of week-long activities commemorating the Week of the Young Child.
    - Ida Soliz & Grandson, Draven Soliz sit down to eat their Pancake Breakfast; a part of week-long activities commemorating the Week of the Young Child.
    - Ida Soliz & Grandson, Draven Soliz sit down to eat their Pancake Breakfast; a part of week-long activities commemorating the Week of the Young Child.
    - Ida Soliz & Grandson, Draven Soliz sit down to eat their Pancake Breakfast; a part of week-long activities commemorating the Week of the Young Child.

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – Last week, from April 22 – 28, the Ak-Chin Indian Community took part in the observance of the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children with a purpose of focusing public attention on the needs of the young children and their families, in addition to recognizing early childhood programs/services that work to meet those needs.

“This is the second year the Community has taken part in recognizing this cause and it is something that is always well-received and supported,” said Ak-Chin Child Development Coordinator Sandy Mays. “These children will one day be our future leaders and it’s important for us to nurture their needs at this vital time in their development.”

Armed with the theme “Early Years Are Learning Years,” the Ak-Chin Indian Community planned a variety of special activities for children and their families throughout the week, including an ice cream social, a reading day (where parents/public read to the children), a book making event (families made a variety of books for the children – from colors and numbers to street signs and rhyming words), a pancake breakfast and a big screen movie presentation of Alvin and the Chipmunk’s “Chipwrecked.”

For more information on Child Development and other programs within the Ak-Chin Indian Community visit www.ak-chin.nsn.us or call (520) 568-1000.

About Ak-Chin Indian Community: The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.  Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 850 tribal members.