May 5- 11, 2014
BE SCREEN SMART
Join The Early Years Institute
Annual Screen-Free Week!
(hosted by the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC)
A national celebration where children, families, schools and communities spend seven days reducing time spent on screen-based entertainment media and turning on life. It's a time to BE SCREEN SMART and find alternative activities to play, explore, create and promote living a healthier lifestyle with family and friends. Play helps children build essential learning skills - constructive problem-solving, critical thinking, social competence, emotional maturity and communications skills.
In today's world, technology is crucial to doing business, yet it needs to be balanced with creative play for children to thrive and be ready to succeed in school and life.
The Play Again Video will share some shocking truth about children and screen time.
We, at The Early Years Institute and Screen-Free Week Committee, would like to provide you and your family with great places and alternative activities to go that are either free or at a discounted price.
Join EYI and see how others are hosting Screen-Free Week events at their school, library, business and in the community:
♥ CA Technologies will be hosting several Screen-Free Week events at their Islandia campus on Thursday, May 2 - a petting zoo, games, Storytime Reading and time to spend in their Natural Outdoor Classroom - for all employees, families and the CA Montessori School students to disconnect and reconnect with the natural outdoors. View Photo's Here.
♥ Town of North Hempstead has joined EYI as their first town official sponsor and will be hosting Screen-Free Week events throughout the week at the “Yes We Can” Community Center, in Westbury. All events start at 6:30 p.m. and will include a Craft Family Night, Ping Pong Tournament and Inter-Generational Game Show Night. For more information click here. View Photo's Here.
♥ Legislative DuWayne Greogory (15th District Amityville) in conjunction with EYI’s Screen-Free Week, will host a in Story Time Reading at the Wyandanch Youth Center on Friday, May 3 starting at 6 p.m. Legislative Gregory will read a story to the children and families. Following the story, the children will be able to ask Legislator Gregory questions about what he does for the community as a public official. There will be arts and crafts for the children and light healthy food for them to eat. For information call (631) 854-1111.
♥ The Nassau County Museum of Art invites children of all ages and their adult companions to explore our galleries, grounds and over 30 sculptures during Screen Free Week on April 29- May 5. When you arrive at the museum stop at the front desk and ask for one or all of our many resources that will help to enrich your visit including our Turn and Talk Family Guide, Sculpture Map, and a Trail Map that guides visitors through 7 nature trails . On Sunday May 5th 1:00, join us for a Family Gallery Tour and hands on Art Making to explore our current exhibition AB- EX /RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered. Bring your SFW pledge form, give it to one of our volunteers at the front desk and you will receive a coupon for free family admission (limit 6) to use on your next visit. This does not include any museum events that carry a separate admission fee, only those that are designated as free with museum admission.
♥ Eastern Suffolk BOCES, in Bellport, will be hosting a “Family Night Pajama Storytime Reading," on Monday, April 29, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in celebration of Screen-Free Week. The evening will also include many types of games and fun activitis for all attendees to enjoy. National children's songwriter, Janice Buckner, will be performing as part of the evening events. View Photo's Here.
♥ LI Head Start centers, throughout Suffolk County, will be hosting events celebrating Screen-Free Week that provide the opportunity to educate parents on the negative effects of TV and screens on young children that includes: increase in childhood obesity due to a sedentary lifestyle, attention span issues and early childhood development. The array of fun events and activities planned range from Relay Races, Reading around the World, File Folder Games, Obstacle Course, Arts and Crafts... Read more
♥ Child Care Council of Suffolk and Child Care Council of Nassau supports Screen-Free Week, within the child care community, through on-going communication, outreach, technical assistance and training with the provider community about the importance to Be Screen Smart when caring for young children throughout the day. Child care programs across Long Island have been encouraged to support Screen-Free Week and sign-up to Take the Pledge today! as well as ask the families in their care to join them and Take the Pledge along with them!
♥ Port Washington Child Care Partnership, a coalition of community agencies, will host Screen-Free Week events all week - at the Port Washington Library from a Young Birders Club, "Pajama Storytime Reading", Drop-in Craft Nights and Fun with Flowers along with other fun-filled activities at the school and througout town! In 2012, Port Washington had over 250 family members take the pledge to be screen-free! Congratulations, Port Washington!
♥ Westbury Dryden Street School and PTA will be hosting "Storytime Readings" for the pre-K students on Thursday, May 2, and the Kindergarten students on Friday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The students will listen to readings from the books entitled, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!", authored by Mo Willems, and read by pre-K parent, Mrs. Elisabeth Hunt, and Nathaniel Calloway, author of the book, "The Missing Tape Recorder." Mrs. Hunt will read on Thursday and Mr. Calloway will read on Friday. The readings will enhance the school and PTA's new Literacy Program recently launched to inspire and engage parents and children to read together. For information call - Dryden Street School at (516) 334-6624. View Photos Here.
♥ Westbury Library will be hosting a "Family Pajama Night Storytime Reading" for the children and parents in the Westbury community on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. A fun-filled evening for family enjoyment that will also include arts and crafts for the children and healthy snacks. TOTS NIGHT OUT on Thursday, May 2nd at 7pm. Enjoy an interactive hour with your young child! Adults and their children ages 18 months through 5 years old can come to the library and engage in age appropriate spring time activities that are both fun and educational. Please register in advance. Space is limited to 25 children. For information call - Westbury Library at (516) 333-0176 children's librarian.
♥ Hauppauge Public Library will be hosting a number of family-oriented events in celebration of Screen-Free Week: Monday, April 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. a Family Craft Night; Wednesday, May 1 from 7-7:45 p.m. a Musical Pajama Story Time Reading - come in your pajamas and enjoy hearing stories, songs and more with singer/songwriter, Mike Soloway; and Sunday, May 5, from 2-3:00 p.m., Celebrate America - a family concert with Lou Del Bianco. A talented musician and storyteller who captures the attention of all ages! Through the use of storytelling, theater and music, Lou brings to life some of American folklore's most colorful legends like Paul Bunyan and Sally Ann Thunder.
♥ Middle Country Public Library will be holding several family-oriented events in celebration of Screen-Free Week. Monday, April 29 from 5:30pm – 6:15pm and 6:30pm-7:15pm, Nature Games; Tuesday, April 30 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Art Happening; Wednesday May 1 from 6:00pm-6:45pm and 7:00pm-7:45 pm, Pajama Storytime; Thursday May 2 from 6:00pm-7:30pm, Family Bingo Night and on Friday May 3 from 4:00pm-7:00pm the Spring Jubilee which celebrates the opening of the Nature Explorium which will also be open on Saturday May 4 from 10:00am-4:00pm. In addition, tweens and teens will be able to drop in each evening, from Monday April 29 through Friday May 5, from 6:00-8:00pm for some unplugged fun playing games and getting creative. Each night of the week a different activity will be featured. All programs are open to Middle Country residents only and require pre-registration. The Nature Explorium is open to the public.
♥ Quogue Wildlife Refuge - Join QWR for some family fun-filled nature activities for during Screen-Free Week and reduce time spent on screen-based entertainment. Read more
♥ Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society - Join us on Sunday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. as we kick-off Screen-Free Week by learning about Our Feathered Friends: Discovering Birds for Kids! After a lively lesson on what makes a bird a bird, we will turn crafty and make a springtime bird craft. While the glue dries, we will head outside to see how many birds we can spot. The Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Northern Oyster Bay and Huntington Townships. Read more. View photos here.
♥ South Shore Audubon Society - Join our bird walk on Sunday, May 5 at Jones Beach at 9:30 A.M. We will meet in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at Jones Beach West End #2. For children ages 6 and up, (accompanied by adults) there will be an introduction to birding and special activity. The Bird Walk and activities are free, but State Park fees apply. For the children’s activities, please register by sending an e-mail to Marilynexpl@yahoo.com. Read more
The Early Years Institute welcomes Senator Lee Zeldin (Ronkonkoma District 3), Senator John Flanagan, (Smithtown District 2), Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (Massapequa District 12), Assemblyman Michael Montesano (Hicksville District 15), Assemblyman Charlie Lavine (Glen Cove District 13), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (East Setauket District 4), Assemblyman Andrew Raia (Northport Distric 12), AssemblymanPhil Ramos (Brentwood District 19), Assemblyman Fred Thiele (Bridgehampton District 2), Legislator DuWayne Gregory (Wyandanch District 15), Legislator Lou D’Amaro, (Melville District 17) and Supervisor Jon Kaiman (Town of North Hempstead) to EYI's 3rd Annual Screen-Free Week.
We thank them for their support in promoting Screen-Free Week and for encouraging residents to Take the Pledge! and BE SCREEN SMART.
Sign-up today to Take the Pledge! and BE SCREEN SMART May 5 - 11, 2014!
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Screen Free Week 2012 Testimonials
Just wanted to know that your email had a big impact yesterday. Z was getting addicted to Angry Birds Space and YouTube on the IPad. He was on the IPad ALL the time. Yesterday, the battery died down. I quietly put it away and when he asked about it, I said it was Screen Free Week, so no IPad. Weirdly, he accepted this with no questioning or complaints. Now we have our Z back again!
We may well retire the IPad completely from the house...the kids just like it TOO much... - Kim Nauer
My screen-free fears vanished on the very first night of the challenge week when my 11-year-old son said, "So, does this mean we can have family game night?" When I contemplated the screen-free challenge the night before, I fully prepared for the fight, the rolled eyes and maybe even tears, the backlash, and withdrawal symptoms of my two sons, Jonas and Noah, 8 and 11. I had planned and rehearsed a motivational speech, and was ready with rewards and, dare I say, bribes. What I got surprised me.Read more by Lisa Brandi
Submit your Testimonial today and tell EYI how Screen Free Week 2013 had an impact in your household.
Materials for Screen-Free Week
Screen-Free Flyer - English/Spanish
Screen Time Fact Sheet and Parent Tips - English
Screen Time Fact Sheet and Parent Tips - Spanish
Screen Time Fact Sheet and Parent Tips - Creole
SFW - Activity Log
SFW - Activity Log - Spanish
Business Invite For Promotion
Research and Resources on to be Screen Smart
EYI's Screen Smart Guide for Elementary Schools
Facing the Screen Dilemma - A Guide for Child Care Center
MEDIA COVERAGE 2012
LI Parent Magazine - April/May 2012
Newsday - March 23, 2012
Anton Community Newspapers - April 2012
Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot - April 2012
Port Washington News - April 19, 2012
Port Washington News - April 2012
Port Washington Patch - April 2012
"Play Ball" Say CA Technologies and Early Years Institute, Rausch Foundation, April 2012
Empowered by Play - April 2012
Long Island Exchange
CA Technologies - English
CA Technologies - Spanish
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino Supports Screen-Free