Celebrate NAEYC’s Week of the Young Childâ„¢ April 12 –18, 2015!

What is the Week of the Young Childâ„¢?
The Week of the Young Childâ„¢ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Childâ„¢ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

January is National Mentoring Month
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Childâ„¢ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Childâ„¢ is a time to plan how we–as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation–will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

What is the 2015 Week of the Young Childâ„¢ theme?
Week of the Young Childâ„¢ 2015: Celebrating Our Youngest Learners! Check out each day of the week below for the theme and activity of the day for this week.

April 13, 2015: Music Monday
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn. Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – and of course, have fun while being active! Record your own unique version of the song and share it on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woycmusic.

Child Care DocumentMusic Monday

April 14, 2015: Taco Tuesday
This day is about Healthy eating and Fitness at home and school! On Taco Tuesday create your own healthy tacos and then share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎woyctacotues‬

Child Care DocumentThe Brainy Benefits of Play
Child Care DocumentWellness Newsletter April 2015

April 15, 2015: Work Together Wednesday
Work together, build together, learn together. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woycworktogether hashtag.

Child Care DocumentAdding Learning Centers
Child Care DocumentSand and Water Play

April 16, 2015: Artsy Thursday
Think, problem solve, create. Create and share photos of your child’s creation on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the‪#‎woycartsy‬ hashtag.

Child Care DocumentDrama: Boosting Young Imaginations
Child Care DocumentCreating a Masterpiece 

April 17, 2015: Family Friday
Sharing family stories. Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woycfamfriday as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children’s learning and development.

Child Care DocumentFamily Friday

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