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Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

2017 theme for Week of the Young Child:

Honoring Diverse Families

April 24-28, 2017

Featured Book

A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to a buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. A Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family." -The Horn Book

Story times and events will be held at Rasmussen College campuses, local child care centers, or other organizations. Contact your campus for further information!

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Rasmussen College Celebrates Diverse Families During 2017 WOYC

Rasmussen College is celebrating Week of the Young Child 2017 with the theme of Honoring Diverse Families. Mary Muhs, Rasmussen College School of Education department chair, highlights the importance of celebrating early childhood education successes together.

Read more about Rasmussen College’s WOYC celebrations and Early Childhood Education program here: http://rasmussen.co/2otgRQN.

WOYC Webinar Series

Use the link below to register for the webinar and the webinar access details will be emailed to you.

Anti-bias Education - Celebrating ALL Families in Our Care! 
 
WHAT: Welcoming and including ALL families in our programs is more important now than ever. We can help ensure that all children feel welcomed, included and valued each and every day. This may mean moving out of our comfort zone to make the difference. We will explore how we can work better with the vast diversity of the children in our programs; including children from culturally and linguistically diverse families and LGBTQ families. We will examine our own concerns and discover strategies for all educators to be ready to take action to support all children and their families.
 
WHO: Presented by Mary Muhs, M.Ed. Department Chair, ECE
 
WHEN: Thursday, April 27th 7-9pm CST
 

WOYC Rasmussen College Events - select a campus from the tabs below!

  • Color Full Party
    • Using different coloring and colorful activities, we will promote diversity and inclusion to the youngest learners in our community.
      • Blaine Campus
      • April 27 @ 6pm CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Alexandra House
      • April 25 (Time TBD)
    • Early Childhood Program (Spring Lake Park)
      • Date & Time TBD
    • New Horizon Academy - Blaine
      • Date & Time TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Anna Phan.

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Jenn Endries.

  • Children's Book Drive
    • Take a book, leave a book! All remaining books will be donated.
      • ​Aurora Campus
      • April 24-28
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Kristen Walley.

  • Webinar
    • Topic TBD
      • April 27 @ 7-9pm CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • CornerStone
      • April 24 & April 25
    • Casa De Corazon
      • April 28
    • Haven for Kids
      • April 26
    • Crystal's Cuddlebugs
      • April 28

*For more information about these events, contact Travis Fedor.

  • Little Free Library Book Exchange
    • Students can borrow, lend, or donate a book.
      • Brooklyn Park Campus
      • April 24-28
  • Story Times in the Community
    • TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Wosata Mitchell

  • Rasmussen College Reading
    • Partnering with Barnes & Noble to read "A Chair for My Mother." Drawing for a book give-away as well.
      • Barnes & Noble Eagan
      • April 26 @ 5:30pm
  • Book Drive
    • Children's book drive. Books will be donated to shelters around the area.
      • Eagan Campus
      • April 3-28th
  • Story Times in the Community
    • YMCA Eagan
      • April 26
    • Bright Horizons
      • April 26
    • New Horizons
      • April 26
    • Kindercare
      • April 26

*For more information about these events, contact Regina Jackson.

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Christyal Aikens.

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Carol Hanna.

  • Adventures in Healthcare
    • Community scavenger hunt to explore all function of healthcare. Conclude with reading of a book.
      • Green Bay Campus
      • April 20 @ 6pm CST
    • Reading to children and making a meal for the women at a women's shelter. Table for making Mother's Day decorations as well. 
      • Golden House
      • May 6 @ 3pm CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • ​TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Jenn Endries.

 

  • Story Times in the Community
    • Little Minds Learning Center
      • April 24 @ 10am CST
    • Little Victories
      • April 25 @ 9:30am CST
    • Jeremiah Program
      • April 26 @ 4pm CST
      • April 27 @ 4pm CST
    • Little Sprouts
      • April 28 @ 9:30am CST

*For more information about these events, contact Morgan Pink

  • WOYC Display Table & Activity
    • Table display with resources and interactive art activity for children.
      • Land O' Lakes Campus
      • April 21-28
  • Story Times in the Community
    • USAA Child Development Center (Bright Horizons)
      • April 25 @ 3pm EST
    • Garden Montessori
      • April 26 @ 2pm EST

*For more information about these events, contact Melanie Sarkissian.

  • Give Back
    • Collecting book donations for the new Crisis Nursery in New Ulm.
      • Date & Time TBD
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Cada House
      • Date & Time TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Alicia Rahe

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Laura Carlson

  • Diverse Families
    • Students will have the opportunity to share how they would celebrate diverse families with early learners for a chance to win a gift card. 
      • ​April 23-28
  • Penny Wars
    • Penny Wars between departments. All donations go to an organization. 
      • National Online 
      • April 23-28
  • Family Photo Contest
    • Bring in a family photo of you in your favorite chair. Chance to win "A Char for My Mother" gift basket.
      • National Online.
      • April 23-28.
  • Story Times in the Community
    • New Horizons - Normandale Center
      • April 26 @ 10:30am CST

*For more information about these events, contact Karen Ginn

  • WOYC Display & Activity
    • A table with resources will be on display along with an art activity for children.
      • New Port Richey Campus
      • April 24-28
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Beacon Community Child Care Center
      • April 26 @ 9:30am EST
    • Mt. Calvary Academy
      • April 27 @ 10am EST

*For more information about these events, contact Megan Hoben.

  • Book Reading and Friendship Tree Activity
    • "A Chair for My Mother" book reading along with friendship tree activity.
      • ​Freedom Branch Library
        • April 25 @ 6pm EST
      • ARC Marion County
        • April 26 @ 9am EST
  • Children's Book Swap
    • Children's book swap for faculty, staff, and students. Bring in books for ages 0-8 to swap.
      • Ocala Campus
        • April 27 @ 1-2pm & 5-6pm EST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Education Station and Preschool
      • April 25 @ 10:30am EST
    • Joyce Bullock Elementary
      • April 26 @ 10:30am EST
    • Village View Christian Academy
      • April 27 @ 10:30am EST

*For more information about these events, contact Kirsten Owens.

Information coming Soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Heather Nickel

  • 6th Annual WOYC Family Fun Fair
    • Rasmussen College will have a booth at the fair. The book "A Chair for My Mother" will be showcased along with a children's activity. 
      • Heartland Community Church
      • April 22 @ 10am-1:30pm CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Belvidere School District
      • Date & Time TBD
    • Trinity Daycare
      • Date & Time TBD
    • Motherhouse Crisis Center
      • April 19 @ 4:30pm CST
    • Our Saviors Lutheran Church
      • April 19 @ 4:30pm CST
    • WOYC Family Fun Fair
      • April 22 @ 10am CST

*For more information about these events, contact Heidi Stocking.

  • Book Exchange
    • Staff and student book donation. Both children and adult books welcome. For each book donated, a ticket will be given that can be used throughout the week to exchange for another donated book. 
      • ​Romeoville Campus
      • April 24-28
  • Truly Honoring our Diverse Families
    • ​Students taking classes on campus can email in pictures of their diverse families. Pictures will be made into posters that will be displayed around campus. 
      • Romeoville Campus
      • April 24-28
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Creme De La Creme
      • April 24 @ 10am CST
    • Wilco
      • April 26 @ 9am & 1pm CST

*For more information about these events, contact Chelsey Ballard.

  • Children's Book Drive
    • Collecting new and gently used children's books that will be donated to local shelters.
      • St. Cloud Campus
      • April 17-28
  • First Steps Baby Expo
    • The purpose and mission of this event is to provide parents with information that will help them prepare for their pregnancy, dealing with a newborn, and children throughout preschool. 
      • River's Edge Convention Center
      • April 8 @ 9am CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Fun Factory Child Care Center
      • Date & Time TBD
    • Bright Child
      • Date and Time TBD
    • Girl Scout Troop
      • Date & Time TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Kate Lauer

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact AnnMarie Cassidy

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Heather Nickel.

  • Healthcare Program
    • Healthcare program for kids, employers, students, and families.
      • Wausau Campus
      • May 3 @ 5pm CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Montessori School of Wausau
      • April 25 @ 9:45am CST
    • Hewitt Texas Elementary
      • April 26 @ 9am CST
    • Trinity Lutheran School
      • April 27 @ 9am CST
    • New Testament Church Christian Academy
      • Date & Time TBD
    • Weston YMCA
      • Date & Time TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Angie Wells.

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Picture Books with a 'Clash Bash' of Culture for Kids

NAEYC's Daily Activities

Monday, April 24th: Music Monday

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn! Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

Try this: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math! Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Music resources for families and teachers

Tuesday, April 25th: Tasty Tuesday

Healthy eating and fitness and home and school! This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17

Try this: Measure your ingredients while making your tacos! Ask children if they'd like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers

Wednesday, April 26th: Work Together Wednesday

Work together, build together, and learn together! 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 NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.

Try this: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on the top.

'Building Together' resources for families and teachers

Thursday, April 27th: Artsy Thursday

Think, problem solve, and 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 a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.

Try this: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky.

Open Ended Art resources for families and teachers

Friday, April 28th: Family Friday

Sharing family stories! 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 NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.

Try this: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!

Resources for engaging and celebrating families 

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What is WOYC?

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 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional 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. http://www.naeyc.org/woyc/faq#

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