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Free Summer Toddler Program Planned In Mount Vernon

There will be free summer day programs provided for toddlers in Mount Vernon.
There will be free summer day programs provided for toddlers in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: WJCS

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – This summer Mount Vernon families will have the opportunity to have some free fun in the sun, courtesy of the Westchester Jewish Community Services’ (WJCS) Parent-Child Home Program.

The WJCS Parent-Child Home Program is sponsoring “Summer 2013 Fun in the Park,” a seven-week playgroup for parents and children under four years old at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon. This program is designed to support parents as their child’s first and most important teacher in preparing for academic success. The theme for this year’s summer program, “Fun with Science and Math,” will include activities such as building, planting, bubble making, water sports, an obstacle course and weekly story time courtesy of the Mount Vernon Children’s Library. Westchester Jewish Community Services runs its summer program in collaboration with the Mount Vernon Recreation Department. It will feature special guests from the city fire department, Westchester County’s Fit Mobile and Westchester Cornell Cooperative Extension Center. The Hartley Park summer program is free for families. It will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. between June 18 and July 30. “Patrice Cuddy, the director of the WJCS Parent-Child Home Program, said that this is a good opportunity for parents to bond with toddlers. “Studies have shown that summer is a critical time for reinforcing concepts learned during the academic year. In the first few years of life, there is an enormous amount of brain growth and learning,” she said. “Our program is helping these preschoolers stay on track in maintaining readiness for what’s ahead.”

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