Why we celebrate the Week of the Young Child

The 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.

“As educators, we honor the unique interests, abilities, and needs of every child and family,” said Elanna Yalow, CEO of KCE early learning programs. “Our teachers celebrate their successes in our programs and prepare them for their next developmental milestones. The Week of the Young Child is a time to acknowledge and reflect on the profound impact we have on the children and families in our centers and communities. We recognize and thank your teachers for the selfless dedication to ensuring that all of our children have the best start 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.

As KinderCare Education centers and sites around the country prepare to celebrate next week, be sure to follow the celebration on Yammer (hashtag #woyc17).

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