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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 2020 Week of the Young Child™ is April 11-17

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 promoting this special week. Share how your program is celebrating with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #woyc20.

Music Monday

April 13

When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop their language and early literacy skills while being active and encouraging movement. Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own.

Tasty Tuesday
April 14

This fun, food-themed day is about 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. Explore the culture specific foods that your students may enjoy at home. Connect with families by engaging them in the history and tradition of meals from their countries of origin.

Work Together Wednesday
April 15

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.

Your students aren't the only ones who succeed when they work together. Take a moment to join MnAEYC/NAEYC in advancing our profession by signing up for Power to the Profession, supporting your peers on HELLO, reaching out to elected officials about the importance of investing in ECE, or inviting someone new to be a member. Working together makes us stronger together, and that means the impact we make can be monumental!

Artsy Thursday
April 16

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

Take you classroom art into the community! Find ways to display your classroom's art projects for the community and while you have their attention, take that opportunity to educate them about the importance of high-quality early childhood education.

Family Friday
April 17

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.

The early childhood education community doesn't end outside the doors of your classroom. Connect with us (MnAEYC) as your local affiliate, encourage families to join our Family level membership, learn how to engage with your policymakers and more!


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 the Governor.




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