Catholic Social Services (CSS) celebrated the “Week of the Young Child” April 16-20 with a number of kid-focused events, including an April 20 carnival at Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy. The observance of the National Association for the Education of Young Children highlights early childhood learning while honoring teachers and families.

Despite the unusually chilly temperatures, students at the Casa del Carmen Academy jumped on moon bounces and played arcade games, with hot dogs in hand and painted faces.

Located in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park section, the academy is an 81-seat learning center that holds a Keystone 4 STARS accreditation, the highest possible level in Pennsylvania. A CSS Family Service Center, Casa del Carmen has been serving the Latino immigrant population of North Philadelphia since 1954. Each year, approximately 13,000 individuals benefit from one of the many programs offered at Casa. (Photos by Sarah Webb)