Why We Celebrate the Week of the Young Child

WOYC21498720570_a564448e9b_zThe Week of the Young Child recognizes young children for their innate sense of curiosity, unique way of seeing the world, and general sense of wonder. More than 40 years ago, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created a week in which national and local leaders would recognize the impact children have on society.

“The Week of the Young Child celebrates the importance of young children,” said KinderCare Education Vice President of Quality and Accreditation Kathie Boe. “It’s important to recognize the significant work our teachers and staff do every day in our centers and sites around the country. Not only do we meet the unique needs of the young children in our care today, but more importantly, we teach them the skills they need for success later in life.”

NAEYC celebrated the first Week of the Young Child in 1971 with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of the early childhood years and the impact experiences in a young child’s life have on their future academic and social success. The week is a celebration but also a moment for everyone – national and community leaders, teachers, and families – to look ahead at how to best meet the needs of young children now and in the future.

“It’s our responsibility as educators to do our best to respect, recognize, and respond to each child’s unique needs, to celebrate their successes, and to prepare them for their next developmental milestone. The Week of the Young Child is a time to celebrate, but it’s also a time to acknowledge and reflect on the profound impact we have on future generations.”

As KinderCare Education centers and sites around the country prepare to celebrate next week, be sure to follow the celebration on Yammer (hashtag #woyc16).

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