Week of the Young Child 2021

NAEYC Week of the Young Child 50th AnniversaryThe Week of the Young Child® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 51 Affiliates.  

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 8) 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. 

Join us April 10-16, 2021 for a fun-filled week celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities.


 NAEYC writes, “While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, it hasn’t changed the need to celebrate and support young children and the adults who love, care for, and educate them.” 

Daily Giveaways! Participate in our social media shares for your chance to win books, CDs and more!

Be Prepared: How to Send WECA Photos of Your #WOYC Activities.

If you plan to send photos of children participating in any of the Week of the Young Child activities to WECA for any of the giveaways, you will need to fill out our WECA Photo and Video Release Form for Minor Children online. NOTE: You will only need to get permission when you plan to submit photos of children’s faces. That way WECA will be able to share your adventures on our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). 

Once your child’s parents completed the form, email your photos directly to Jennifer Hilgendorf, Digital Marketing Manager at jhilgendorf@wisconsinearlychildhood.org.

Please include the following information:

  • Name of Child (if using child’s face in photos)
  • Name of center/program owner or administrator
  • Center or Program Name
  • Which day(s) you are celebrating

Disclaimer: By participating in this event and sharing video and/or photos, you are representing that you have written permission from each person in the video and/or photos, and if a child, written permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian, to post the video and/or photos and use the likeness of such person therein.

Kick-Off Saturday: April 10, 2021

  • Post a video, blog, or social media post sharing why you celebrate Week of the Young Child and what you do to prepare 
  • Share your local proclamation 
  • Take some time for yourself, reorganize, and re-energize so that you’re ready for the week ahead 

Music Monday: April 12, 2021

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn! Music Monday is more than singing and dancing. It’s a way to encourage children to be active while developing their early literacy skills and having fun with friends and family! 

Featured Event:  Talk with Director Tim Ferrin on the making of the documentary, “Ella Jenkins: We’ll Sing A Song Together”, with a sneak peek of the film!

Monday, April 12, 2021
1:00-1:45pm (CST)
Live on Zoom.

Tim FerrinJoin us LIVE on Zoom! Ella Jenkins has been a groundbreaking pioneer in incorporating diverse cultures in music, rhythms, rhymes, and games for children for more than 60 years. Tim Ferrin is the director of the forthcoming documentary, Ella Jenkins: We’ll Sing a Song Together, about the life and work of the First Lady of Children’s Music. On Monday, April 12 Tim will join WECA to share clips from the film, stories about the filmmaking process, and share some never-before-seen material from Ms. Jenkins’ archive! 

Featured ActivitySend us a clip of the children in your care/home dancing to Ella Jenkins music for a chance to win an Ella Jenkins CD!  

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Tasty Tuesday: April 13, 2021

Healthy eating and fitness at home and schoolThis fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. You can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. 

Cathryn Falwell

Featured Event: Live with Cathryn! Storytime and activities with children’s book author and illustrator, Cathryn Falwell.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:00-10:45am (CST)
Live on Zoom

Featured Event: Bedtime With Cathryn!
Join Cathryn Falwell, 
author, and illustrator, to read a story before bedtime!  

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:00pm (CST)
LIVE on Facebook

Join us LIVE on Zoom! WECA is inviting all Wisconsin child care programs and families to join Cathryn Falwell, author, and illustrator of the children’s book “Feast for 10”, a clever counting book that features a loving family preparing a special meal from shopping together at the grocery store to cooking together, to gathering around and eating together. Children will be actively participating with Cathryn in talking about food, healthy eating, drawing and sharing their favorite foods, and enjoy storytime as Cathryn reads her books “Feast for 10” and “Rainbow Stew”.  

Featured ActivitySubmit a picture of the children engaging with Cathryn on Zoom or photos of their food drawings for a chance to win Cathryn’s book, “Feast for 10.” 

Featured Activity: Make Paper Carrots with Cathryn.

Work Together Wednesday: April 14, 2021

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. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the #woyc hashtag.

Book Cover: Who Will Plant a Tree

Featured Event: Listen to the recorded story, “Who Will Plant a Tree” by Jerry Pallotta 

Featured Activity: Have your child(ren) draw a picture of their family planting a tree, or better yet, try planting a real tree! How to Make Tree Planting a Kid-Friendly Activity 

Send a picture of your tree planting (drawing or pictures of real tree planting) to WECA for a chance to win the children’s book, “Who Will Plant a Tree?”  

Artsy Thursday: April 15, 2021

Think, problem solve, create! 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. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art-making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share photos of your children’s creations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the #woyc hashtag. 

We Are in an Art-ivity Book!

Featured Event: Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems Episode 00. 

As we approach the first anniversary of the Lunch Doodles videos, Mo invites you back into his studio to doodle, reflect on a year of the Covid reality, and create abstract art together. 

This episode is best watched with markers, scotch tape, and some thicker paper and/or a paper grocery bag to draw on. 

Featured ActivitySend us the pictures that you drew with Mo for a chance to win the Art-tivity Book from Mo Willems! 

Family Friday: April 16, 2021

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. Share pictures and stories about your family on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the #woyc hashtag.  

Family Friday

Featured Activity: Books and Bubbles!  

  1. Gather your family members and listen to Todd Parr read his book, “Reading Makes You Feel Good”! Send WECA a photo of your family reading a book for a chance to win your very own copy of this book!  
  2. Bubbles! Family Play Plan! Send your pictures of the kids playing with bubbles to WECA for a chance to win a bubbles playset! 




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