The Month of the Young Child provides an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the value of supporting children and families, and to show appreciation for those who promote children’s strengths through nurturing relationships.
Month of the Child activities include the annual Colusa County Family Fair, sponsored by Colusa County Office of Education Children’s Services, Local Child Care Planning Council, and Colusa Family Resource Center, and the Color Colusa Blue 3K Run, sponored by Colusa County Advocates for Parents and Children (CAPC) on Saturday.
“The Family Fair is our way of honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives within our community,” said Teia Miller, Local Child Care Planning coordinator.
Miller said the organization understands the importance of shaping children’s learning and development in the earliest years, and that Colusa County recognizes that a strong foundation promotes later school success. The free Family Fair will be held to celebrate the children in the community from 10 AM to 1 PM on April 13, at Egling Middle School, in Colusa, and will include a petting zoo, face painting, magic show, food, sensory activities, art projects, and games.
April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse by facilitating various prevention and awareness activities in April and throughout the year.
“As a nationally-recognized awareness month, April serves as a platform to spread awareness that child abuse does exist and that it is preventable,” said Carissa Bowers, CAPC program manger.
In coordination with the Family Fair, CAPC will host the annual Color Colusa Blue 3K Run on Saturday across the street from Egling Middle School, at Will S. Green Park.
There will be two start times to the Color Run this year. The first run will begin at 9 AM, with registration starting at 8:30 AM. The second run will begin at 1 PM, with registration starting at 12:30 PM. The route begins and ends at the park, after runners and walkers make a loop through town through a number of “color” stations. Registration is $20 for ages 12 and up, and includes a barbecue lunch.
Ahead of Saturday’s event, the Colusa and Williams City Councils and Colusa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month locally.
“The observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an excellent opportunity for all citizens to reflect on this tragic crime, while rededicating themselves to taking an active role in child abuse prevention activities in their community,” said Kent Boes, Board of Supervisors chairman. ■