Kids learn about self-care and safety

Posted at: 04/18/2013 6:15 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a pretty exciting day especially if you're a kid barely four years old. Dozens of children got to talk to police officers and paramedics to see what they do for the community.

It's all part of a national campaign called Week of the Young Child.

"The aim of it is to bring attention to young children, their families and the importance of early childhood as a unique period of development in life," said Mary Shumacher-Hoerner, interim director of the Child and Family Development Center.

It's also to teach kids who is there to help them in emergencies.The kids got a chance to tour an ambulance, get in the front and back seat of the police cars, and see the hospital helicopter land in the parking lot.

They didn't get to fly, but they did get a chance to check out what the helicopter looks like on the inside.

It's these kinds of opportunities that the center wants to offer to young children because they believe brain development happens best though play and experience.

"The importance of that occurs so much earlier in life than we used to think," said Shumacher-Hoerner.

The kids may think this is just fun, but the hope is this will also make them feel safe, and teach them there are a lot of helpers in the world.