Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

Celebrate Northampton’s Young Children

Posted on: April 10, 2012

Press Release

Photo: Arvind Balaraman

Barbara Black, Northampton Public Schools and CFCE


Celebrate Northampton’s Young Children through the Week of the Young Child and the new initiative: Brain Building in Progress

April 14-28

We’re part of a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the critical importance of fostering the cognitive, social and emotional development of young children by emphasizing its future impact on economic development and prosperity for everyone in Massachusetts.

In one longitudinal study, an investment of just $6,692 in quality pre-k for disadvantaged children yielded a lifetime societal return of up to $67,937 – an ROI greater than 10:1.

Whenever we see children playing, interacting and learning in enriching environments, we are really seeing brain building in progress! By giving a strong start to our youngest citizens, we create a stronger, more prosperous future for all.

What’s the most important thing we can all do?

  • Have an engaging interaction with a young child.
  • Read a book with a toddler and have a conversation about it.
  • Play peek-a-boo with a baby.
  • Get down to their level. Look them in the eye. And really, really listen.

Join Us at the Following Free Literacy Events and Encourage Brain Building Interactions:

April 14-28

Local Children’s Art Show business windows all over Downtown Northampton and Florence

Saturday April 14

Week of Young Child Festival – Jackson St. School:10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday, April 24

Pajama Party and Storytime – Florence Heights Community Room:6:30 – 7:30 PM

Family Storytime – Northampton Parents Center:11:00 – 11:30

Storytime – Lilly Library:

10:00: Lap Sit for Babies

11:00: Toddler time

4:30: ‘I Can Read’ Book Club

Stories with Tom McCabe – Smith College Davis Ballroom:4:00-5:00

StoryWalk and Child-Organized Lemonade Stand –Cloverdale Cooperative Nursery:11:30 – 12:30

Breakfast and Storytime –  PCDC Head Start, Vernon St. School:9:00–9:30

Thursday, April 26

Storyteller, John Porcino and Literacy Fair – Bridge St. School:6:15 – 7:30 PM

Friday, April 27

StoryWalk on the Hadley dike –  Sponsored by the Hadley Playgroup:10:00 – 11:30 AM

Brain Building happens every day in Northampton through the work of the local Early Childhood/CFCE Council which brings together public and private early childhood programs, parents, community members, and educators to meet the needs of Northampton’s youngest citizens.

For additional information, contact Northampton Public Schools Early Childhood Office 413- 587-1471 or

Sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools/CFCE through a grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care

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