The Alliance Celebrates Week of the Young Child

NAEYC - the National Association for the Education of Young Children - hosts Week of the Young Child every year in April. This year it is April 11-17th. Nanny Support Groups across the nation are doing volunteer/charity work to benefit children on this week and The Alliance will be doing the same.

This year, we will be doing a book drive for Next Door Foundation, an organization that brings books and stories to inner-city children who are rarely read to or own any books. Please round up gently used books - or purchase new ones! - to donate. Board books and books with African American characters are especially in demand.

Join us on Saturday, April 10th from 2-4PM at Fiddleheads Cafe in Mequon for a book collection and a workshop entitled Becoming a Better Nanny. NPNA owner, Mary Boyle, will be speaking about Communication, Work Agreements, Taxes, Salary, Benefits and What Makes a Professional Nanny. This workshop will be beneficial to those considering entering the in-home childcare profession, as well as to the veteran nanny. Seating is limited. Please rsvp to

We are also looking for volunteers to participate in the Read to Me program on Tuesday, April 13th at 1:30. This is an incredible experience and I highly recommend it! You are given a selection of books to choose to read (or you may bring your own) and then you will read to small groups of 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

If you are interested in volunteering to read or if you have books to donate, please contact Alliance coordinator, Marcia Hall, at

This is a wonderful opportunity for nannies in our area to come together and do something great for the children of our community. I hope you can all participate in some way!!