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Week of the Young Child Celebration is highlighted nationwide. This annual celebration is hosted by National Association for the Education of Young Children. It focuses on the importance of the first 2,000 days of life. WOYC also aims to lift up parents, teachers and communities that support our youngest children. This year, we’ll celebrate from April 24-28, 2017.

2017 WOTYC Appreciation Event

This year GCPC wanted to show our appreciation for our NC Pre-K providers and our Community Partners for all of their efforts and amazing work here in Guilford County. We hosted an appreciation night for our providers and partners to come out to, eat and enjoy some time together. It was a way for us t thank those who do so much for the families and children here in Guilford County. There are images of the event below; click on the image to see full size.

NAEYC’s April 24-28, 2017 Celebration Events

For more updated information check NAEYC’s WOYC page.


Music Monday!   April 24, 2017

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active! This year’s song is “One Love,” as performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus. You can record the song with the official lyrics, or make up your own unique version and share it on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Music resources for families and teachers
NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!


Tuesday   April 25, 2017

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom by creating your own healthy snacks and then sharing the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

For more fun ideas on how to incorporate cooking into your classroom activities, check out how one NAEYC-accredited center prepared for the day!

Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers
Download the Week of the Young Child Taco Cookbook!


Work Together Wednesday   April 26, 2017

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material–from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.

Work Together Wednesday 2016 was sponsored by our friends at Walden University.

TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!

‘Building Together’ resources for families and teachers


Artsy Thursday   April 27,2017

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials – from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.

TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!

Open-ended art resources for families and teachers


Family Friday   April 28, 2017

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children’s learning and development.

TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!

Resources for engaging and celebrating families 


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