Week of the Young Child 2022
The 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.
Monday, April 4th
Music Monday: Providers and parents, gather the kids and get ready to dance to the beat of your own drum! We’re linking you to two special videos featuring drum-focused performances tailored to youth – one by Black Star Drum Line and another by Beni Daiko. Both provide wonderful ways to engage with the day’s theme and experience the joy and educational value of musical expression.
Tuesday, April 5th
Tasty Tuesday: Cooking together is more than just combining ingredients! It’s about collaboration, math, science, wellness and more. On Tasty Tuesday, check out the latest “Wee Chefs” recipe and cooking experience, brought to you by the WECA Food Program. Sunny Strawberry Kiwi Smoothies will be a colorful and healthy addition to your children’s day. Check out the recipe and cooking experience on our blog here.
We’re also bringing you an insightful webinar, “Raising Wisconsin: The Power of Community to Support Child Care.” This event brings together four leaders from rural and urban areas of Wisconsin to discuss how they are harnessing the power of community to address child care needs at the local level. To register, click here.
Wednesday, April 6th
Work Together Wednesday: When children build together, they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. To celebrate this day, the staff of Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) developed a list of nature-focused resources on outdoor play – from webinars and books to informative articles. Check it out here. You also can contribute to a live, collaborative Jamboard on games and activities here. Share your insights and learn from others by checking out both resources!
Thursday, April 7th
Artsy Thursday: Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor kills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imagination and create with their hands. We are bringing you a special session on process art for young children, presented by Susy, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin’s new Higher Education Specialist! Watch the video session here.
We’re also bringing you a special event to recognize and thank Tom Copeland, who is retiring in May. If you’re a family child care provider, you likely have been impacted by Tom’s generous insights, articles and answers to tricky tax questions. Join us for an evening that reflects on his journey and gives you the floor to share how he has impacted your family child care business.
Friday, April 8th
Family Friday: Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. Families play a critical role as young children’s first and best teachers. Join us for a live virtual storytime, provided by a librarian from Madison Public Library on Friday, April 8th at 9:30 a.m. The session will read aloud “Saturday,” by Oge Mora, a warm and tender story about a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them about what is best about Saturdays: precious time together.