Did you know that April 6-12 has been designated as Week of the Young Child™ by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It’s purpose is to bring 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.
So, 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 ensuring 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.
At all of our Ebenezer Child Care Center locations throughout Greater Milwaukee we have a variety of fun activities planned in honor of this special week. From raising awareness about Child Abuse Prevention, to having a mini parade, PJ Day and VIPS from the community in to read to our children we know it’s going to be a fun week for all!