We know that circumstances are different for everyone during the COVID-19 crisis. We do not take lightly the tough and sometimes heartbreaking decisions educators are having to make during this difficult period.
Week of the Young Child is a virtual event for the early childhood community, celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. This year’s celebration of Week of the Young Child, we will focus on providing you with resources you can use wherever you are celebrating young children.
Don’t miss the #WOYC20 celebration, April 13-17!
While NAEYC designates the date and daily themes, celebrations are organized and coordinated by individual early childhood programs and community organizations providing services to young children and families. Celebrations can be tailored to meet your own needs!
Tell us how you plan to celebrate. Take pictures of your activities. Post them to Social Media or our Facebook Event page and tag us @GeorgiaAEYC #woyc20. We will show others that early childhood is something to celebrate!
Children learn so much as they enjoy music, explore food and cooking, build together, create art, and celebrate their families!
When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop their language and early literacy skills while being active and encouraging movement. Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC’s Facebook WOYC event page or post to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.
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. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.
Work Together Wednesday
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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.
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 photos of your children’s creations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.
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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.
Week of the Young Child 2019
Week of the Young Child 2019 was held April 8 – 12, 2019. Take a look at some of the ways Georgia ECE programs and supporters celebrated our youngest learners!
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.”