The Vineland Preschool Program concluded their “Week of the Young Child” celebration with its annual “Little Folks Festival” on May 3, drawing in a large crowd of nearly 1,000 parents, children, community business partners and preschool personnel on a beautiful spring evening.
Each of the ten preschools created interactive, educational activities based on the theme “State Fair.” Inside the Vineland High School South gym were a variety of traditional carnival games, like ring toss, duck pond, ball toss, and more. The cafeteria was transformed into a small ranch, featuring square dancing, photo opportunities, and broom horses for the children to ride. Outdoors featured a petting zoo, bounce house, an interactive “cow milking” station, and farm equipment on display. The Vineland Fire Department truck, Vineland EMS ambulance, and the Vineland Police Department were on hand for tours, where the families had an opportunity to learn more about their daily responsibilities.
The Vineland Public Preschools consist of Dallago Early Childhood Center, All Kids First, Courtyard School, DiBiase Preschool, Golan Learning Center, Head Starts Elmer and Chestnut, Little Lamb, Tiny Tots, and the YMCA.
The festival also included a Community Resource Fair. Families were given information about health and safety by Monarch Family Success Center, Vineland Public Library, Vineland Police Athletic League, Pathstone, Cumberland County Division of Social Services, Miss Vineland, Little Miss Vineland, International United Miss New Jersey Preteen, Texas Roadhouse, Castellini Farms, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, and more.
The purpose of the Little Folks Festival is to bring parents, students, preschool personnel, community businesses and resources together to celebrate the youngest learners in our district. The event has been an ongoing effort in cooperation and collaboration with Vineland Early Childhood Advisory Council (VECAC), the preschools of Vineland, and the local businesses within our community.
Click the following link for a gallery of photos from the day: http://bit.ly/2LBLvnf