Week of the Young Child is celebrated across the country by hundreds of local organizations working to improve opportunities for all young children.
"Early learning experiences are crucial to the growth and development of young children," said Carmen Stewart, president of MVAEYC. "Week of the Young Child provides opportunities for all of us to recognize the importance of the early years, and to work together to build better futures for all children."
Activities scheduled for the week are:
Monday, April 3 � Welcome Table served by the MVAEYC and St. Agnes PTSA.
Tuesday, April 4 � Sidewalk Chalk Day (students decorating community sidewalks).
Wednesday, April 5 � Grocery Bag Day (look for flyers at your local businesses).
Thursday, April 6 � Entertainer "Mr. Twister" performing at Austin School at 8:30 a.m.
Friday, April 7 � Child Care and Teacher Appreciation Day.
Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
Across the country, young children and their families depend on quality education and care, which help children get a great start, and bring lasting benefits for our society as a whole. Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the people, programs and policies that are helping to build better futures for all children.
The Missouri Valley Association for the Education of Young Children has 74 early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.
MVAEYC is an affiliate of NAEYC, the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has nearly 100,000 members.
and a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.