Week of the Young Child
Posted on 04.08.2019, Monday

The Week of the Young Child™ 2019 is here! This annual celebration, hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and all the caring adults in a child’s life. This year’s event begins on April 8, 2019, and we are excited for a week-long celebration of our youngest learners. Join the fun and start planning your celebration with these ideas and activities:

Music Monday! Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn.

Music Monday is more than singing and dancing, it’s a way to encourage children to be active while developing their early literacy skills and having fun with friends and family!

  • Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own. Encourage children to clap, drum, or stomp their fee to the beat. Have them count while moving!

Tasty Tuesday! Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

Tasty Tuesday isn’t just about eating your favorite snacks together. It’s also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles.

  • Create your own healthy snacks! While preparing, ask children to count how many times they stir or how many toppings they want on a dish.

Work Together Wednesday! Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material!

  • Build a fort of branches outside, a block city in a classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Ask children to organize their building materials by size or color before you build.

Artsy Thursday! Think, problem solve, create

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. On Artsy Thursday, celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!

  • Go outside and have children collect leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. Let them use each object as their paintbrush. Ask them to explain their painting as well as which “outdoor paintbrush” they liked best.

Family Friday! Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. It’s so important for parents and early childhood educators to be on the same side of defining and demanding high–quality early childhood education. NAEYC applauds family members’ role – and all the caring adults in a child’s life – as young children’s first and most important teachers.

  • Invite people, families and friends over for a meal and share about high quality child care in your area.

We know there will be tons of fun this week as children, families, and teachers celebrate in Durham! Be sure to share all of your Week of the Young Child fun on DPFC’s & NAEYC’s Facebook page and post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc19. For more ideas, tips, and resources, please click here.

SUPER SATURDAY! Signing up for PRE-K!

The Partnership is hosting a PRE-K Blitz Day April 13th from 9am-1pm as our WOYC event. During this time, anyone with a child who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2019 can walk into 1201 S. Briggs Ave. and apply for Pre-K. ALL WALK INS ARE WELCOME! We can’t wait to meet you and register more children for PRE-K!  Please call 919.314.6813 for more information.