|For Immediate Release: April 15, 2013||
Hundreds of Groups Across the Nation Will Celebrate
NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™ This Week
NAEYC Affiliates, early childhood programs, and community organizations work to bring public attention to the needs of young children and families
WASHINGTON —This week the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and hundreds of groups and individuals around the country will celebrate the Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC), April 14–20, 2013. First established in 1971, the WOYC is an annual celebration that draws attention to the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood providers and programs who help meet those needs.
The theme of this year’s celebration is Early Years Are Learning Years®, a phrase that reminds people of the important growth and development that happens in a child’s first years of life. Across the country, hundreds of NAEYC Affiliates, early childhood programs, schools, libraries, and community groups will host events and celebrations to mark the event. A list of some of the many events planned around the United States and the world is available on the NAEYC website.
“The Week of the Young Child™ is a time for our country to consider how we, as a nation, can better meet the needs of young children and their families,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, PhD, Executive Director of NAEYC. “Years of research show that high-quality early childhood education programs improve the likelihood that children will have success in school and in life. Governors of both political parties, business and military leaders, and notable economists all agree that investing in high-quality early childhood education from birth and each year thereafter can make a difference in America’s prosperity and potential.”
“We are excited by the President’s recent budget proposal, which proposes a historic investment in early childhood programs. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to make this proposal a reality,” said Daniel.
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.