For Immediate Release: April 13, 2015
Contact: Stephanie Morris
Children Across the Country to Celebrate NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™
From Music Monday to Family Friday, there is something for everyone
WASHINGTON, DC -- Starting today, tens of thousands of children will participate in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child™ (April 12-18, 2015) events across the country. NAEYC, the world's largest early childhood education association, sponsors this annual celebration to raise awareness about the importance of quality early education.
New for 2015, NAEYC has created a theme for each day of the week allowing children and adults to celebrate, create unique events and share the importance of early learning.
Music Monday (April 13, 2015)
Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skill. NAEYC is partnering with the popular children’s band Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band to help celebrate. NAEYC is inviting children to sing and dance along to the song “Thingamajig” on Monday.
Taco Tuesday (April 14, 2015)
With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families are encouraged to eat healthy and instill good fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills and science. NAEYC is encouraging members of the community to create their own healthy taco recipes, as well as other recipes.
Work Together Wednesday (April 15, 2015)
When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. For 2015’s Week of the Young Child, children are encouraged to work together and build something -- from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a Lego creation.
Artsy Thursday (April 16, 2015)
Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles 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.
Family Friday (April 17, 2015)
Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting young learners. NAEYC applauds families as a child's first and most important teachers.
NAEYC is also looking for inspiring young learners from all across the country who represent what the Week of the Young Child is all about. NAEYC is asking adults to post to NAEYC’s Facebook page, Pinterest board or Twitter feed (#WOYCSpokeskids), or email email@example.com to share a story about kids who represents the spirit of NAEYC and who are enthusiastic to share how they learn, play and explore.
NAEYC is grateful for the support of Follett, its Week of the Young Child and year-round sponsor. In addition, several other organizations have generously donated items to comprise an official NAEYC Week of the Young Child Celebration Kit. NAEYC thanks Discount School Supply, Elmer’s, Frog Street Press, Hatch, and Music Together for their contributions to the kit and their continued support of NAEYC.
NAEYC wants to see children across the country being their most creative, learning and having fun. Share pictures and stories about Week of the Young Child activities on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #WOYC15.
"The early years are critical for learning and development,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC’s Executive Director. “NAEYC seeks to help centers and professionals provide high quality early childhood education environments for our children. This year’s Week of the Young Child themes are a starting point for those who spend time with young children. We should celebrate these sorts of activities and learning every day of the year.”
NAEYC's mission is to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. Learn more at www.naeyc.org.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.