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MnAEYC Week of the Young Child
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Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Week of the Young Child™ is a opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including family and center child care, Head Start, and school districts, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children, their families and teachers.

The 2017 Week of the Young Child™ is April 24–28

As we know, a child's earliest years are critical in shaping his/her early learning and healthy development. And like never before, the needs of young children and their families are more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child is a time to be reflective of our practice and ensure that each and every child experiences the type of environment - at home, at child care, at school, and in the community - that will promote his/her early learning.

Join MnAEYC, the state affiliate of NAEYC, as we celebrate and promote the following themes throughout the week. Share your photos and ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

Music Monday

April 24

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - all while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own. Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Tasty Tuesday
April 25

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks or a cookbook.

Work Together Wednesday
April 26

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material - from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Practice organizing blocks by size. Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on the top.

Artsy Thursday
April 27

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. Celebrate the learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials - from crayons to paint, clay to crafts. Bring art outdoors.

Family Friday
April 28

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC/MnAEYC applaud family members' role as young children's first and most important teachers. Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families.


You can celebrate in so many different ways, big and small. Use the following resources to get started!

See Week of the Young Child proclamations declared by Governor Dayton.

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