Your Time: ‘Week of the Young Child Festival,’ Northampton

  • 1. Nora Penney 2.Lilah Engebretson, front, Matt Soycher 3. From left, Celeste and Luke Malvezzi 4. Shawn Litovich, Jen Berneche Stiles 5. Nora Penney, Marco Golossi 6. Alexander Matteis 7. The crowd 8. Mia Malvezzi 9. Thomas Burgess 10. Rebecca Mazuch, Cora Baker, Nick Baker ON THE COVER: Hannah Levine, Emmet Ryan, Amelia Egan, Rani Gould 1. Nora Penney 2.Lilah Engebretson, front, Matt Soycher 3. From left, Celeste and Luke Malvezzi 4. Shawn Litovich, Jen Berneche Stiles 5. Nora Penney, Marco Golossi 6. Alexander Matteis 7. The crowd 8. Mia Malvezzi 9. Thomas Burgess 10. Rebecca Mazuch, Cora Baker, Nick Baker ON THE COVER: Hannah Levine, Emmet Ryan, Amelia Egan, Rani Gould

  • Alex Altamirano, left, Joaquin Altamirano, Justus Schultze, Brett Gauger Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

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  • Rachel Matteis, Alexander Matteis Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Hannah Levine, Emmet Ryan, Amelia Egan, Rani Gould Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Rebecca Mazuch, Cora Baker, Nick Baker Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Rebecca Mazuch, Cora Baker, Nick Baker Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Alex Altamirano, left, Joaquin Altamirano Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • John Moriarty, Mia Malvezzi Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Shawn Litovich, Jen Berneche Stiles Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Mia Malvezzi, left, Celeste Malvezzi Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Celeste and Luke Malvezzi Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Mia Malvezzi Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Kaylin Li, Brett Gauger Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Nora Penney, left, Marco Golossi Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Thomas Burgess Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Northampton's Week of the Young Child Children's Festival held at Jackson Street School on Saturday. Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Cindy Soriano, right. Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

  • Lilah Engebretson, Matt Soycher Kevin Gutting—Kevin Gutting

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Published: 4/14/2016 11:04:49 AM

Each spring, to celebrate the national Week of the Young Child, Northampton’s public schools join with the Northampton Parents Center and the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program to throw a festival at Jackson Street School.

The gym is filled with all kinds of “brain building” games and activities put together by the city school’s Early Childhood program, along with many of the area’s private pre-schools.

And outside, kids can get their first up-close look inside a real fire truck, police car, dump truck and school bus — probably the most popular attraction.

This year’s celebration may have been the biggest and busiest so far. According to Barbara Black, Early Childhood Coordinator for the Northampton Public Schools, it was attended by more than 300 kids and 200 families — and it only lasts two hours.

The event was purposely crafted to have a broad appeal with a minimum of strife: For example, there is no food, so no worries about allergies, and nothing to buy.

Black likes to point out, “There’s nothing parents have to say ‘no’ to — nothing you have to have a power struggle about. It ends at noon, so we go home, eat lunch and take a nap.”


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