Save the Date: Celebrate NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™ April 16 – 20, 2018!

 Georgia celebrates Month of the Young Child every April

Child at Gwinnett Family DayAlthough Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is celebrated nationally, Georgians celebrate the Month of the Young Child (MOYC) throughout April. Join the celebration with special events in your early childhood program, and display yellow ribbons signifying young children as Georgia’s “Ray of Hope.”

How can we Celebrate our Youngest Learners?

No idea is too big; no idea is too small. Here are a few descriptions of recent WOYC events in communities around the country:

  • “We held a Family Writing Workshop where parents were invited to create a book with their children. A book-writing kit was provided, and children and parents shared their books at a show and tell. The books are now part of our library collection.”
  • “We displayed children’s artwork throughout the center and made a DVD slide show of the children. Monday was Parent Appreciation Day, where parents were served light refreshments and received a card from their child. Tuesday was Hat Day. Wednesday was Teacher Appreciation Day, with a pot luck lunch for staff. It was also Beach Party Day. Thursday was Inside Out Day and Friday we had an ice cream social.”
  • “Our city granted us a permit to hold a parade and children’s fair celebrating young children. There were over 500 children who paraded down the main street in decorated wagons, tricycles, or on foot. They marched with their child care providers or early childhood teachers. The free fair had booths representing all of the early childhood agencies and other services and also childcare providers.”
  • “A group of parents and children marched to City Hall. The mayor joined us and read a proclamation adopted by our City Council about the Week of the Young Child. Additionally, we held a press conference sharing information about the importance of quality early care and education.”

We would love to hear how you celebrate Georgia’s youngest learners! Please submit information about your event to us, and we may feature it on this page.

Looking Back…

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs a proclamation declaring April 2015 Month of the Young Child