Free Multicultural Family Festival in Little Ferry

Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan has announced that the Bergen County Department of Human Services will sponsor the 12th Annual Multicultural Family Festival to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.

This Festival is presented free to the public and will be held at Memorial School, 130 Liberty Street, Little Ferry, NJ on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Parents and children up to age 11 are encouraged to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

“Families spending quality time with their young children is important for the strengthening of bonds that ensure healthy development,” said County Executive Donovan. “We are proud to be a sponsor of such an enriching experience for families and we look forward to a fun-filled afternoon, indoors, rain or shine!”

The Festival will include multicultural dance performances that include African, East Indian, Korean, Latino, and Middle Eastern cultures. The program is interactive and will engage the children and their families. There will be storytelling in Spanish and English, clowns, arts and crafts, and other engaging activities for young children. WIC Nutrition program enrollment will be available and the Bergen County Board of Social Services will enroll interested families in the NJ Family Care program. The Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute’s “Smoke House” will be on hand with demonstrations and information on fire safety. The New York Life Insurance Company will also be in attendance to offer their popular free Child ID service.

The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a national celebration sponsored annually by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The WOYC highlights the importance of families, early childhood professionals, and communities working together to support every child’s healthy and balanced development and learning. The County’s Human Services Advisory Council and Office for Children are coordinating this event in partnership with the Center for Modern Dance Education, Memorial School, Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation, and YWCA Bergen County.

For further information, contact Rocco A. Mazza, Bergen County Department of Human Services, at 201-336-7465.