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RLCFCC celebrates Week of the Young Child with Family Reading Night

Children enrolled at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC) celebrated the Week of the Young Child Thursday with Family Reading Night. The event was filled with reading and sensory activities, and concluded with a pizza party.

The event was planned and organized by three Southern Illinois University Carbondale interns working at the RLCFCC: Mackenzie Gray, Kristen Mason, and Kayla Williams.

The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as a way to advocate and raise awareness for high quality early child care. The RLCFCC has been accredited by the NAEYC since 2005 and is currently undergoing reaccreditation for another five years. Enrollment is now open for summer and fall child care at the RLCFCC.

To learn more about the RLC Foundation Children’s Center, visit or call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1393.


Kristen Mason, Assistant Infant Teacher and SIU Carbondale Bachelor intern, reads the children’s book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, during Family Reading Night at the RLCFCC. The children and their families were invited to the event for an evening of fun.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)


RLCFCC students, FROM LEFT, Mattie Loucks, 4 years old from Mt. Vernon; Cole Carpenter, 4 years old from Scheller; and Isla Wheeler, 2 years old from Mt. Vernon, create a sensory bottle out of glitter, beads, alphabet letters, flowers, and more during Family Reading Night.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)


Four-year-old Layla Thompson (Sesser), LEFT, and 3-year-old Aurora Drew (Benton), RIGHT, join SIU Carbondale student Kayla Williams to draw and write with stamps during Family Reading Night.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)