Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

deaeyc will be kicking off our WOTY 2017 information at the Making A Difference Conference, but we wanted to be sure that you mark your calendars and start thinking about how you and your program can participate in this year’s celebration!
We’ll be sharing activity ideas each day of the week that show how play and learning can be meaningful, productive, and fun. Join in the celebration and experience children developing important skills as they sing, dance, cook, work together, create art, and honor families!

This year’s themes are:

Music Monday, April 24
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learnTasty Tuesday, April 25
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

Work Together Wednesday, April 26
Work together, build together, learn together

Artsy Thursday, April 27
Think, problem solve, create

Family Friday, April 28
Celebrating and engaging families
For great resources, check out naeyc’s page