Happy Week of the Young Child!
April 2nd-8th is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
It might not be a household celebration yet, but it should be. Every year people around the US work to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families by recognizing the programs and services that help young children and their families. The work parents, family members, teachers and early childhood programs that all work together to set children up for success in school and later in life.
So join in the celebration and honor and advocate for children, their families, and the early programs in their life! See more info below
Check out our family friendly activities planned in Butte!
Visit NAEYC's activity page for inspiration.
Kick-off Saturday (April 2nd)
Post a video, blog, or social media post sharing why you celebrate Week of the Young Child.
Create a dancing playlist for Music Monday
Search your kitchen for ingredients for your Tasty Tuesday activity
draft a letter to your elected officials, emphasizing the need to invest in early childhood. Learn how HERE.
Gather your arts and crafts for Artsy Thursday
For Child Care Providers:
Here is a letter template for families about WOYC.
Message in a Backpack: Making Animal Music , Bubble Fun , and Learning Through Everyday Activities .
When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop their language and early literacy skills while being an active and encouraging movement. Click HERE for some activity ideas!
This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. Encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Click HERE for some activity ideas!
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 hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Click HERE for some activity ideas!
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. Click HERE for some activity ideas!
Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. We applaud family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. Click HERE for some activity ideas!