'Week of the Young Child' kicks off in Shasta County

Apr 12, 2015 6:53 PM by Charlene Cheng

A guided tour down the Sacramento River Trail, a tricycle obstacle course, and a special feathered guest.

Week of the Young Child kicks off in Shasta County this weekend.

Sponsored by First 5 Shasta, this is an annual week-long celebration packed with free activities.

"There's events like resource fairs going on, there's events at the preschool, I know some of the Head Starts are doing events," said Samantha Hacker, an early childhood specialist for the Shasta County Office of Education.

The goal is to start toddlers early on the road to success.

"It's an important age to get kids out with their families when they're young, because that's something they'll carry out through their lifetime. Learn to ride a bike, a scooter...," said Peter Alexander, Co-Director of Friends of the Redding Trails.

Parents of young children know firsthand how important this is.

"They're much happier when they're outside. When they're inside, they kinda get territorial, they fight a lot. But when they're outside they're much more pleasant," said Danielle Gleeson, a mother of four.

Organizers are hoping that the good habits last all year long.

"Getting them away from TV's and technology, and getting them involved in the community, and really realizing that there's a lot to do in our community that's free for children and really beneficial for them," Hacker said.

Week of the Young Child runs through Saturday. You can find the full schedule here.


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