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Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Week of the Young Child™ is a opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including family and center child care, Head Start, and school districts, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children, their families and teachers.

The 2018 Week of the Young Child™ is April 16-20

As we know, a child's earliest years are critical in shaping his/her early learning and healthy development. And like never before, the needs of young children and their families are more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child is a time to be reflective of our practice and ensure that each and every child experiences the type of environment - at home, at child care, at school, and in the community - that will promote his/her early learning.

We hope you will join MnAEYC in our celebrations during the week. Follow our activities on Facebook and Twitter, and share how your program is celebrating using the hashtag #woyc18.

Music Monday

April 16

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - all while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own. Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Tasty Tuesday
April 17

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 or a cookbook.

Work Together Wednesday
April 18

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

Artsy Thursday
April 19

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. Celebrate the learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials - from crayons to paint, clay to crafts. Bring art outdoors.

ConnectArt - Connecting Generations through Art - an art project from Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center

Family Friday
April 20

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC/MnAEYC applaud family members' role as young children's first and most important teachers. Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families.


You can celebrate in so many different ways, big and small. Use the following resources to get started!

See Week of the Young Child proclamations declared by Governor Dayton.

ConnectArt - Connecting Generations through Art

ConectArte - Conectando Generaciones a Traves del Arte

Thank you to Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center for sharing the following art project idea! They will begin working on the mural this week, and plan to have all the mosaics ready to install when spring arrives. The image you can see on the building above the door is a placeholder for where the actual mural will go.

Through this art project, our purpose is to teach and promote the culture of respect for wise elder people. The participants will be the Preschool 2 children of Circulo de Amigos and the Wise Elders of CENTRO Tyrone Guzman in the facilities of Circulo. The idea is that both the children and the seniors will work as a team by creating the mural together, led by the art teacher. In this project we will inculcate our little ones to treat older people gently and kindly. Likewise, we intend to rescue one of the fundamental values of our society, which is the respect for the elder people. 

A mosaic mural created by the children and wise elders will have a positive impact in this zone where the day care is located. We look to raise awareness in our community about the importance of respect towards elder people. We believe  that by uniting children and older people in the creation of an artistic mural, it will give a new life to our community. It will promote a message of unity, respect and hope. This will create a joyful, friendly and colorful environment.

The mural resembles a window that is in the front of the building where a balcony is located. From there you will see some children looking outside of the balcony. Also, we will include hanging planter flower pots and some exotic bird mosaic designs to highlight the vibrant Spanish colors. Since the building has a colonial style, we will look to add more authenticity, life, and vibrant colors to this meaningful mural to make this Puebla style building unique and make the community feel proud to have it. 

Children and seniors will be working together on the small squares, which in the end we will join to make a single mural that will decorate the balcony.  

After the completion and installation of the mural, we will have an exhibition ceremony to reveal the mural this summer. All the participants, sponsors, and families are invited.



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