PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

4/23/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 042319
Subject:
Long Beach Hosts Second Annual Celebration of The Young Child
Contact:
Christina Boatwright, ACSW
Early Childhood and Family Specialist
Community Health Bureau
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4209
Christina.Boatwright@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach will host its second annual Celebration of the Young Child, a resource fair especially for families with children up to age six, on Saturday, April 27. This free, one-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), 1250 Bellflower Blvd.

More than 70 Long Beach organizations will be in attendance, ranging from parent groups, preschools and child-friendly businesses to representatives from the Long Beach Public Library and Aquarium of the Pacific. Organizations will provide bike helmet fittings and free developmental screenings, and information will be shared about bicycle safety, pediatric dentistry, breastfeeding support, mental health resources and child abuse prevention and more. Every booth also includes hands-on activities such as sensory play, coloring, face-painting and games.

“It is critical that we support our youngest residents and their families in order make a meaningful and transformative impact on children and our entire community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Celebration of the Young Child connects families to key resources that contribute to children’s success.”

Celebration of the Young Child is part of the City’s Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP). In October 2018, the City Council reviewed a presentation and voted unanimously to receive and file the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan. The Plan was created by the City in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for Education and the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee to ensure that all families and young children across the City have equitable access to programs and support. According to recent Census data, more than 34,000 children under the age of six live in Long Beach, and Celebration of the Young Child is just one way the City is working to reach children and their families across the city.

“We know that when kids do well in their early years, they are much more likely to be successful in the future,” said Kelly Colopy, Director, Health and Human Services Department. “Celebration of the Young Child provides great, hands-on fun and learning to help children dream up possibilities.”

Celebration of the Young Child attendees are advised to enter the event from Atherton Street. Parking is free in the Pyramid Parking Structure. In partnership with LAZ Parking, the Health Department is providing free shuttle transportation to the event from the Brett Hart, Mark Twain and Michelle Obama Libraries. Shuttles will run every half hour starting at 10 a.m., with the last shuttle departing CSULB at 2:00 p.m.

This event is made possible through partnerships with The Mayor’s Fund for Education and through sponsorships from LAZ Parking, First 5 LA and Boeing.

For more information on the event, please visit the ECEP’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LBHealthECEP/ or call 562.570-4000.  To learn more about the City of Long Beach Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan, please visit: http://www.longbeach.gov/ecep or call 562.570.4000.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play.  Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, allowing for better engagement with its people, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and a greater understanding of the City's strengths and needs.  For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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