Week of the Young Child™
Last Updated by
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.
For one week each spring, families, educators and community members celebrate some of our youngest learners, preschool-aged children.
In 2016, Week of the Young Child is April 10-16, and each day is dedicated toward developing small children’s language, math, arts, social-emotional learning and more.
Several studies have shown teaching children in the earliest of years is crucial to helping them be ready for school, become lifelong learners and set them on the path to high school graduation and beyond. This is especially true, as research has shown the brain has been developed at 95 percent by the age of 5.
PBS Kids has proven in a number of surveys and studies to be able to play a crucial component – through its programming and games -- to be able to help in mathematical skills, vocabulary building, social-emotional learning and reading. Through American Graduate, public media stations have been able to utilize these resources with partners and through community events in outreach to parents and educators.
Week of the Young Child allows for the daily celebration of these young students but also encourages the year-round learning for them and ways to do it.
NAEYC IDEAS FOR WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD™!
Music Monday! April 11, 2016
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active!
Taco Tuesday April 12, 2016
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and salsa. 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 tacos.
Work Together Wednesday April 13, 2016
Work together, build together, learn together
When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.
Artsy Thursday April 14, 2016
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.
Family Friday April 15, 2016
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.