The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). During this week early childhood education programs, individuals and advocate organizations will focus on bringing public attention to the needs of your children and their families. The theme for the celebration awareness is “Early Years Are Learning Years”, remember children learn everything in the first five years needed that will be built upon as they continue to grow and mature into adulthood.
If you would like to assist with this awareness but cannot think of what to do then just select one or more of these activities. Contact local child care facilities and ask to read stories to the children (remember to ask for book titles and practice before reading to children). Ask local child care facility what events they have planned and how you can volunteer. If you attend special events (e.g., church, civic organizations) ask leaders to give recognition to children, families and those who work for or with young children highlighting the importance of educating our youngest citizens. Conduct a brown-bag lunch gathering to inform colleagues of the week and why it is important to share what young children are gaining from being in structured facilities and those who work with them. In addition, share with the group how they can help to make these learning years more effective for the lives of children in the communities they live in.
Hopefully, these activities have given you some ways to celebrate and bring awareness for WOYC in your community. Remember, knowledge is powerful.