The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) designates April every year as the Month of the Young Child. It is a time to become an advocate for our youngest citizens and promote the needs and rights that are essential to the development of our children such as education and health care. It is also a chance to celebrate children and the joy they bring to our lives.
The Month of the Young Child is an appropriate time to make a concerted effort to contact our legislators about issues concerning the well-being of our littlest citizens, since they have no voice unless we speak up for them.
During April there are many things we, as adults, can do to observe the importance of the children in our lives: give a child the gift of your time, whether reading a book, playing a game or puzzle, taking a nature walk, going to the playground or visiting the zoo.
In these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever that children do not endure even more economic hardship. Unfortunately, nearly one in four children in the State of Michigan live in poverty, according to the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. So becoming an advocate for children to insist they receive appropriate educational opportunities and health care is more important than ever.
Adult investment in the lives of our children will be reflected in later years. Our children are the hope for the future. If we fail our children, we all lose. We need them to reach their fullest potential so that future is bright and promising for us all.