The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) sponsors a nationwide celebration annually to acknowledge accomplishments made, show gratitude toward early educators and plan ahead to ensure the young child's success. Now, lets take a quick look at why you care about the Week of the Young Child.
Reason Number 1 - Our early educators are shaping the future of our society as they teach, play with, care for and listen to our youngest citizens. The early educator workforce has a responsibility to keep our young children safe, make them feel secure and guide them to learn. They take on this responsibility for wages that many wouldn't consider as sustainable for a full-time career. Their job is imperative to the success of our young children as they are children and as they grow into adults. We must say thank you.
Reason Number 2 - Early Years are Learning Years, the theme of this year's celebration. An example: "...children’s vocabulary development at age 3 is predictive of 3rd grade achievement, these early differences increase the likelihood that low-income children will lag behind middle- and high-income peers in future school readiness and student achievement." (Ch1ldren Now)
Reason Number 3 - We know early education is imperative to a child's success as an older child and into adulthood, now we need to act. There are a number of early childhood advocates and organizations providing guidance and speaking on the child's behalf to our policy makers and policy implementers. They can't do it alone. The entire community needs to be involved. Take the Week of The Young Child to learn more about these early education advocates and resources to see how you can help our smallest and most important community member, the child.
Talk about your efforts and events in your community for the Week of the Young Child and use the hashtag: #WOYC.
Learn more about all of it at NAEYC's website: http://www.naeyc.org/woyc