Teaching young children about Community Helpers

Police keep us safe. Fire trucks and ambulances come when there’s an emergency. Guardsmen and women protect our homes from disasters and serve our country. At A Child’s World, a nationally accredited public early learning center and program of the YWCA Cass Clay, we understand the importance of teaching young children about these key members of the community.  A Child’s World teachers utilize an integrated curriculum to help the children learn about things that relate to them.

When we think like a young child, we realize how terrifying an unusual uniform like that of a fireman’s can be. Rescue vehicles like ambulances or police cars have scary bright lights and loud sirens. But what happens if the child is in an emergency situation?

These fears can be prevented when children meet community helpers in a safe and fun environment before being asked to trust them in an emergency. Rescue vehicles are loud and fast. To see one up close and touch it while stationary helps children be less apprehensive when one speeds by with sirens wailing.

This week at A Child’s World, we have been hosting different community helpers each day.  The children from age two up to prekindergarten have had the opportunity to tour an FM Ambulance, meet an Air National Guard Master Sergeant, learn about a Fargo Fire Department fireman’s uniform and truck, see a Fargo Police Department car, and learn about the importance of recycling.

By meeting these real community helpers and getting a close look at their special vehicles, the children are learning about the world around them.  It’s comforting for children to know there are safe, friendly people to help them if they get sick or have an emergency.

Fireman safety talk with kids

Kids at A Child’s World meet a fireman in full gear as part of Community Helpers Week.

North Dakota Air National Guard Master Sergeant Josh Clarke talks to classes at A Child's World about his deployment as part of Community Helper Week.

North Dakota Air National Guard Master Sergeant Josh Clarke talks to classes at A Child’s World about his deployment as part of Community Helper Week.

Preschoolers at A Child's World get a tour of a FM Ambulance

Preschoolers at A Child’s World get a tour of a FM Ambulance as part of Community Helper Week.

Fargo Police meet students

Students from the 2s and 3s rooms at A Child’s World meet a real Fargo Police officer and get to check out his car.

*Watch YWCA Cass Clay’s Facebook page for more photos from Community Helper’s Week at A Child’s World.

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