The national celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age eight) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
In communities around the state and nation, there will be events and activities that celebrate young children and the ways in which we can help them grow to be healthy, happy, productive adults. The foundation for successful adults is truly laid in the youngest years of life.
A great resource for tips about parenting is : http://www.parentsknow.state.mn.us/parentsknow/index.html
The site was developed by the Minnesota Department of Education. There is information on child development and parenting of all children, birth to 18. Check it out for yourself!
There is also a Facebook page, which will have special giveaways and tips to promote learning in early childhood during the 2012 Week of the Young Child™.
Go over and like their page to learn more!
Until next time: When we help children do better, we all do better! ~PCAMN