A week to focus on kids' needs
Moms and dads, neighbors and friends of young children, you might find yourself with a fistful of invitations to day care and kindergarten open houses. It's the Week of the Young Child -- a time to look at the needs of children up to 8 years old and at the people and programs trying to meet those needs.
Day care centers and preschool programs around the state will be opening their doors and sponsoring all sorts of activities -- pancake breakfasts, parades, art exhibits and parenting programs. The theme of the week is "Young Children: Their Future in Our Hands."
The Baltimore public schools will observe the Day of the Young Child Thursday by highlighting their early childhood programs and the people who work in them.
The child care center at the downtown offices of the Social Security Administration is having an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. That center is also celebrating its first birthday this week. For more information, phone 966-0401.
Baltimore County public schools will hold their 8th annual Early Childhood Conference Friday for educators in public and private programs. The conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Timonium Holiday Inn, will focus on collaboration. For more information, phone Lois Braswell at 887-4312.
The Central Maryland Association for the Education of Young Children will sponsor a dessert discussion on "Changing Responsibilities in Child Care" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road.
Advice on adoption
A Towson mother is drawing on her own experiences in adopting Latin American children to help others who would like to do the same.
In her book, "Our Children From Latin America, Making Adoption Part of Your Life," Laurel Strassberger mixes her family's personal experiences in adopting two children from Chile with advice and insights she garnered along the way. She includes an overview and the adoption policies of each country, as well as general information about adoption procedures and specifics about bringing a child home and helping him to get acquainted with other Latin American youngsters.
The book is not available in bookstores but can be ordered, for $14, from the publisher, The Tiresias Press Inc., 116 Pinehurst Ave., New York, N.Y. 10033.
Looking for love
"Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places" is the title of the third lecture in the Spring Joannes Series for people who are widowed, separated and divorced. Kathleen Kircher, a marriage and family therapist from Rochester, N.Y., will discuss co-dependency at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. Pre-registration and a $4 donation are requested. Child care is available for those who request it by tomorrow. For more information and to register, phone Sister M. Joannes at 433-8880, Ext. 23 during the school day.