Early Years are Learning Years—Celebrate Week of the Young Child, April 6-12
by Stephanie Olmore, NAEYC
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to focus public attention on the learning opportunities for young children, their families, and the professionals and educators who serve them.
This year, people all across the world will celebrate the Week of the Young Child from April 6 through April 12. Activities range from open-house visits to child care programs, local government officials issuing proclamations, and fairs and other events held jointly by early childhood providers, libraries and children’s museums.
Early childhood education is getting more attention every day around the world as a key strategy in developing strong economies and engaged citizens. Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development.
The Week of the Young Child™ reinforces that the early years (birth through age 8) are critical learning years, and qualified early childhood professionals accelerate how our children learn, develop, build the skills to get along with others and succeed in school and life.
The Week of the Young Child is a chance to share positive stories about the benefits of high-quality early childhood education for children and families. By showing what can be accomplished and creating better public understanding among the public and policymakers, it is easier to make the case for scaling up what works well for all children. NAEYC started Week of the Young Child in 1971 as a way to bring awareness about the positive benefits of high quality, affordable early childhood education and the uniqueness of the early childhood years (birth through age 8).
You can learn more about Week of the Young Child at www.naeyc.org/woyc and find ways to create such celebrations in your country to advance your country’s goals for happy, healthy, and learning children. Add your event to our map and join us in celebrating young children and highlighting the important impact of quality early learning experiences!
Stephanie Olmore is the Director of the Quality Enhancements Initiative at the National Association for the Education of Young Children