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Myrna's Children's Village welcomes families by dedicating activities and a special day

New Mexico State University's Myrna's Children's Village will host a Family Interaction Day starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, to mark the importance of young children's education and interaction with their families.

Nancy Baptiste, director of Myrna's Children's Village, said the event is held once in the Fall and once in the Spring to highlight the importance of family involvement in young children's education. The upcoming open house also coincides with Earth Day celebrations and the Week of the Young Child, which is supported by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

"Family Interaction Day is an important time to celebrate the relationships between staff and families in the best interests of children," Baptiste said. "All Myrna's Children's Village programs collaborate to provide activities and information for children and families. Often times, extended family such as aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas attend."

Activities and attractions scheduled for the event include a petting zoo, a story teller, a police department canine unit, a book fair, and a Mariachi group. There also will be several activities that encourage recycling.

"It is our hope that visitors are able to see developmentally appropriate practices for young children in high quality preschool programs, appropriate learning environments for young children, and that they learn more about Myrna's Children's Village," Baptiste said.

Myrna's Children's Village is located on the corner of Williams Street and Sam Steel Way.