In honor of the Week of the Young Child (April 12-18), the Friends Center for Children in New Haven is kicking off a campaign called HUG - Help Us Grow.
"We’re asking people to pledge to hug their children to help them have a solid learning foundation, a strong hardy body, and a healthy sense of self," explains FCfC's Executive Director Allyx Schiavone. She references a quote from author and social worker Virginia Satir, the "Mother of Family Therapy":
We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.
This has become the foundation of the HUG pledge.
The Week of the Young Child honors early learning and was created to raise awareness about the needs of young kids, their families and the early childhood programs that support them. "We believe all young children need and deserve high quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life," says Schiavone. "In New Haven, early learning programs are choosing to celebrate this week by focusing on the importance of a healthy connection between young children and the adults in their lives."
Schiavone, a mom of two kids, ages 11 and 13, was a teacher and administrator before becoming Executive Director of the early childhood education center that provides year-round, full-time care for children ages three months to five years.
FCfC offers these tips for celebrating the Week of the Young Child:
*Delight in our children –share the moments, put away the electronics, laugh with our children
*Make eye contact with our children – gaze into their eyes and make them feel connected to us
*Hug our children and join with others doing the same thing by taking the HUG Pledge: "I pledge to HUG my child to help them have a solid learning foundation, a strong hardy body and a healthy sense of self."
Click here to take the pledge.