We’ve recently announced our events for Week of the Young Child TM 2019 and boy are we going to be busy April 8th through the 13th. But you may ask…
What is Week of the Young Child TM?
Week of the Young Child TM was established in 1971 by the Nation Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association, (or as we call them NAEYC). This was a week to recognize and celebrate the early years of a child’s life, which we know is the foundation that future success in school and life is built on. It is also a time for ourselves, our communities, our state, and our nation to plan on how to better meet the needs of young children and their families.
Why do we need a week to focus on young children and early childhood programs? According to NAEYC:
“Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.
“The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning.”
Are you interested yet? Below you will find our WOYC 2019 Schedule of Events, detailing the free programs that will happen throughout the week. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact LouMecia Staton, Community Outreach Manager for the Partnership at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I celebrate?
During Week of the Young ChildTM each day has a different theme. Thus, we have developed a fun resource for parents and early childhood educators to help get you in the WOYC spirit! Please check out our Week of the Young Child Pinterest Board for ideas, videos, and activities. We will add more pins in the coming weeks, so check back regularly! And we would love for you to tag us on our social media if you post any activities inspired by our Pinterest board. Don’t forget to use the official tag #WoYC2019
If you want to get an idea of what’s in store for this year’s celebration, check out these pictures from our WOYC celebration from 2018!
So, we hope you’ll join us as we gear up to have the best Week of the Young ChildTM yet!