Week of the Young Child will be April 14 – 20, 2013


Wailuku, Maui March 13, 2013 – The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state and regional Affiliates. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs, such as Imua Family Services who has been meeting the needs or early childhood development for 66 years. In addition April is National Autism Awareness Month when the United States recognizes this as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Imua Family Services provides early intervention services to children birth through six years of age who are experiencing a delay in development or have a diagnosed physical and/or mental condition including autism. The early intervention specialists help identify problems early in a child’s life and begin intervening techniques so that the child can grow and develop in the best way possible. The Early Intervention Program is a family-centered program where the parents/caregivers are the first and most important teachers in their child’s life.

Early intervention specialists at Imua work alongside parents and other important people in the child’s life providing support and guidance. They help the adults enhance child development and social-emotional wellbeing within and across all ordinary, daily life routines and activities. Early intervention strives to advance the child’s development by providing appropriate individualized services, which assist parents/caregivers with obtaining the tools they need to help with that development, while bearing in mind the well-being of the entire family.

This year’s theme of the Week of the Young Child is Early Years are Learning Years and that investing in Young Children benefits all. Imua Family Services wants you to join them in recognizing the Week of the Young Child by supporting our teachers, preschools, caregivers, educators, therapists and all those that support our young children.

“It is no coincidence that the Imua Family Services largest fundraiser Fantasia Ball is on April 13 as a way to kick off the Week of the Young Children, we wanted to use our event to bring the week into attention and the minds and hearts of our community” says Dean Wong, Executive Director.


Honorary Chair Family, Keith and Lynn Araki Regan and their son Riley

Honorary Chair Family, Keith and Lynn Araki Regan and their son Riley

Imua Family Services 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser Fantasia Ball 2013 is on April 13, The Week of the Young Child begins on April 14, 2013



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