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Week of the Young Child 2018

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 16-20, 2018!

Wondering what is happening in your area for the Week of the Young Child? Contact your Resource and Referral Agency to learn more!

Region 1 WOYC Events:

  • Plantland: Offering 30% off all fairy garden accessories during the week
  • Baskin Robbins: Offering $1 scoops to any childcare group that comes in during the week
  • Imagination Station: Offering 20% off store-wide for teachers
  • MacKenzie River: Community Night in which 20% of all N/A purchases go back to the organization
  • Free Family Dance Party with Oula dancers, and refreshments at the United Way Gathering Place
  • Hockaday Museum of Art is opening its doors to all child care programs for a free tour and do an activity
  • ImagineIf Library: Early literacy classes all week

WOYC Newsletter

Regions 5/6 WOYC Events:

In honor of the Week of the Young Child, Family Connections is hosting a contest!

1. Complete this sentence: “I believe in Early Childhood Education because…” 
2. Post your sentence on the Family Connections Facebook event discussion tab on April 16-20. We encourage you to include pictures!
3. Include the hash tags #ECEWINS #WOYC18

You will be entered into a drawing to win an ECE toolkit! There will be one winner for each region 5 (north central MT) & region 6 (north eastern MT)

Region 7 WOYC Events:

Visit the Billings Education of Young Children's Facebook page to learn what is happening in the Billings area.

Week of the Young Child LogoWhat is the 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 60,000 members and a network of 50 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.


Why focus on young children and early childhood programs?

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensure that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning.

We're so excited for a week long celebration of our youngest learners! Start planning your celebration today with event ideas and activities below!

Music Monday! April 16

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! Make up and record your own unique version of a song or Try this: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Music Resources

Tasty Tuesday! April 17

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

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 NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18.

Try this: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

Cooking and Nutrition Resources

Work Together Wednesday! April 18

Work together, build together, learn together

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 NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.

Try this: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!

Building Together

Artsy Thursday! April 19

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 NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.

Try this: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!

Open Ended Art

Family Friday! April 20

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. Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.

Try this: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!

Engaging and Celebrating Families