NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast, Ivy Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Fort Wayne Association for the Education of Young Children are hosting a free activity for young children and their families in celebration of the “Month of the Young Child.” Touch A Truck is an event on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that plans to bring community members together with young children and their families in a setting especially designed for a child’s curious nature and need to handle objects to gain understanding.
Children learn through concrete experiences with real objects. This event will give them the opportunity to see things that interest them and really touch them and ask questions. Touch A Truck is free event and open to the public. Children and families will have the opportunity to see all kinds of vehicles up close. Drivers will discuss the vehicles with the children.
“Anytime the community can come together on behalf of children, we all win,” said Cynthia Kumfer, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education and IVYAEYC advisor. “We hope that by hosting this free event and providing it on a Saturday for families, we can be an encouragement to them while providing an educational experience.”
A fire engine, Hummer, Red Cross emergency response vehicle, plumber’s van, Animal Control truck, limousine, school bus, city bus, and tow truck are just some of the vehicles that will be on display to “touch”.
The event is at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.). The south and west parking lots will be reserved for the event vehicles, while the north and east parking lots will be open for parking. Ivy Tech student volunteers, faculty, staff, as well as community volunteers are working together to guarantee a successful event.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annually designates April as the month to celebrate and inform the community of the early childhood programs and educators working with young children. Many activities are planned for this week — a recognition banquet, press conference, children’s art show at Glenbrook Square — all in an effort to bring awareness of the importance of quality care for our youngest citizens.
For more information about Touch A Truck, contact Cynthia Kumfer, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education and IVYAEYC advisor, at 260-481-2239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.