Week of the Young Child is April 12-18, 2015. Established in 1971, it is an initiative of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The goal is to “focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.” The library is definitely a place in town that fits this description!
The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!” You can participate at your library by planning activities for children around the themed days:
- Music Monday: sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
- Taco Tuesday: healthy eating and fitness at home and school
- Work Together Wednesday: work together, build together, learn together
- Artsy Thursday: think, problem solve, create
- Family Friday: sharing family stories
Visit the Activity Resources page for guides you can use to create programs for families at your library. There are many resources you can share with parents. There is also an Event Planning Handbook that includes press releases, a social media guide, flyers, and graphics. NAEYC also offers Suggested Activities that focus on larger issues such as raising public awareness and public policy issues. There is also a guide for Community Outreach which you can use to help build partnerships.
Does your library celebrate Week of the Young Child? How does your library focus on the needs of young learners the rest of the year? Share your stories in the comments!