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Early Childhood Coalition hosting Celebrate Children Festival on Saturday

The name says it all.

So said Carol Taylor about the Celebrate Children Festival, the Early Childhood Coalition's annual event promoting family togetherness.

The event, now in its 11th year, will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The event will include numerous booths for children of all ages, however the focus is on ages 2 to 8.

The event and all activities are free. There will be prizes and craft projects at the booths.

Taylor, director of the Moffat County School District's Early Childhood Center, said the festival brought in about 300 people last year, a total she hopes to have this year, as well.

Although the event is aimed at children, the important part is getting parents to participate, Taylor said.

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"Some of the things they do with their parents and some without, but it's not something where the parents can just drop them off and then pick them up," she said.

Taylor said the activities are designed for kids in the formative age group.

"It helps them get out and start to develop important social skills, like interacting and sharing and working together," she said.

For parents, the coalition provides educational information about getting involved in their child's life.

In March, the group received a special proclamation from former Mayor Don Jones naming April to be The Month of the Young Child in Craig and Moffat County.

On a national level, April also is Child Abuse Prevention month. The coalition's Blue Ribbon Campaign is designed to distribute information about combating the subject and supporting victims of abuse.

"It's all about raising awareness," Taylor said.

Parents can also pick up information from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, which will have a booth at the event.

Taylor said the exact number of booths has not been determined, but support from the community as well as the educational group Connections 4 Kids has kept the festival an uncomplicated event to prepare.

"All we have to worry about is the advertising," she said.

Taylor, who has worked with the Early Childhood Center for about 15 years, said she looks forward to the event.

"Everybody really enjoys it, and they always thank us," she said. "Everybody should come on out because it'll be a lot of affordable fun for all children."

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If you go …

What: Celebrate Children Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

— The event, sponsored by the Early Childhood Coalition, includes an assortment of activities for young children and their parents. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol Taylor at 824-7457.