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Week of the Young Child: WOYC: 2015 Archive

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child 2015 Guide!

Start on this page to learn more about Week of the Young Child. Be sure to explore the tab For Families & Community Teachers at the top for more information.

If you have questions about this guide, please contact Cassie Sampson, Librarian for the Schools of Early Childhood Education and General Education, or Tammy Hopps, Learning Services Coordinator for the Schools of Early Childhood Education and General Education. 

Be sure to click and explore through all of the resources!

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners

2015 theme for Week of the Young Child:

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!

April 12th - April 18th, 2015

Rasmussen University's sub-theme: 

The World of Infants and Toddlers

NAEYC's Twitter Feed

Check out NAEYC's Tweets for Week of the Young Child events and activities!

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.

Toddlers Learning Through Play - Pinterest Board

WOYC Rasmussen University Events - Select a campus from the tabs below!

  • Book Read & Activity
    • Reading of featured book along with coloring activity at YMCA and Mandy's Munchkins.
    • ​Date & Time: TBD

  • Together We Can Make a Difference
    • Community event with Outagamie County Early Intervention Program. Resource fair for parents and teachers.
    • April 14th @ 6:00pm - 7:30pm CST
  • Aurora Celebrates WOCY
    • Community event on campus promoting the need for a strong early learning foundation - entertainment, activities, and resources for parent.
    • April 18th @ 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
  • Book Read Aloud
    • Read aloud to infants and toddlers at Chesterbrook Academy.
    • Date & Time: TBD
  • Pajama Party
    • ​Storytime and special guest, crafts, activities, and snacks on campus.
    • April 16th
    • Time: TBD

Information coming soon!

  • Saturday Morning Stories
    • In the campus library there will be snacks, a craft area, story time, and Rassy will be present.
    • April 11th @ 9:00am - 11:00am CST
  • Reading & Activities
    • Sensory tables, face painting, and story tellers on campus. 
    • April 16th @ 6:45 - 7:45pm CST

Information coming soon!

  • Book Swap
    • Book swap on campus for students, employees, and community.
    • April 16th @ 9:00am - 4:00pm EST
  • Family Fun Night
    • Book reading, raffle, and children's activities on campus.
    • April 15th @ 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
  • Puppets & Playtime
    • Learn all about Sensory Play and how these activities help children develop. Activities will include sensory stations and puppet show.
    • April 17th @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm CST
    • Puppet Show: 5:30pm CST
  • Book Readings
    • Students will read featured book to children and do sensory activities at various child care centers.
    • April 13th - 17th
  • Kids Sensory Fun Zone Party
    • Ice cream tasting, cookie decorating, musical games, sensory activities (playdough fun, pipe stem creations, magnet car racing, sensory alphabet, number match-ups, and creating a 3D collage). On campus.
    • April 14th @ 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST

Information coming soon!

Information coming soon!

Information coming soon!

  • Sensory Olympics
    • Fun children's activities centered around the five senses. Raffles for books and gift bags. On campus.
    • April 14th @ 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
  • Community Event in Honor of 115 Years
    • ECE Parenting Webinars:
      • On the Go with Toddlers & Infants
      • Toddler Temperament
    • College Information Session.
    • Enjoy family fun, food, prizes, and kid's activities.
    • April 23rd @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm CST
  • 4th Annual WOYC Family Fun Fair
    • 10 organization have partnered together to organize a family fun fair that is open to the community. Annually, around 1,000 children and families attend this event. Rasmussen is one of the two corporate sponsors for the event along with Swedish American Hospital and Ryan Jury Center. 
    • April 11th @ 10:30am - 2:30pm CST
  • Resource Fair
    • Resources will be available for those with young children along with games and activities. On campus. 
    • April 15th @ 9:00am - 11:00am CST
  • First Steps Baby Expo
    • Rasmussen will have a table set up at this event at the River's Edge Convention Center.
    • The expo provides information and support for those with young children.
    • April 11th @ 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Information Table
    • An information table along wtih a drawing box will be displayed on campus. The prize will be a copy of the featured book. 
    • April 13th - April 17th
  • Candy Bar Party
    • April 15th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
  • Book Readings at Centers
    • ​Program Managers and ECE students will be dropping off books at local childcare centers. 
    • April 13th - April 17th
  • Community Event in Honor of 115 Years
    • ECE Parenting Webinars:
      • On the Go with Toddlers & Infants
      • Toddler Temperament
    • College Information Session.
    • Enjoy family fun, food, prizes, and kid's activities.
    • April 23rd @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm CST
  • Game Table
    • On campus there will be a game table which will feature sensory activities.
    • April 11th @ 9:00am - 3:00pm CST

WOYC Webinar Series

 Follow this link for all webinars:

Use the links below to access the webinar recordings!
On the Move! - Angela Nelson-Searcy, M.S., Erikson Institute 
The Whole Child - Jennifer Gray, M.Ed., Bright Horizons
Flexible, Fearful or Feisty - Regina Jackson, M.Ed., Rasmussen University
Beyond the Word Gap! - Mary Muhs, M.Ed., Rasmussen University

NAEYC's Daily Activities

Monday, April 13th: Music Monday

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn! Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - and of course, have fun while being active! In their popular song, Thingamajig, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band use some very unusual words!  For Music Monday we invite you to sing and dance along to this hit. Have fun making up your own verses and dance moves. Record your own unique version of the song and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc15. Music resources for families and teachers

Tuesday, April 14th: Taco Tuesday

Healthy eating and fitness and home and school! This fun, food-themed day is more than just cheese and salsa. With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Cooking together connects with math with literacy skills, science, and more. On Taco Tuesday create your own healthy tacos and then share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc15. Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers

Wednesday, April 15th: 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. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today!  Kids can use any building material - from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a lego creation. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woyc15 hashtag. 'Building Together' resources for families and teachers

Thursday, April 16th: Artsy Thursday

Think, Problem Solve, Create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles 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 photos of your child' creation on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woyc15 hashtag. Open Ended Art resources for families and teachers

Friday, April 17th: Family Friday

Sharing family stories! Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners:  families! NAEYC applauds you as your child'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 #woyc2015 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development. Resources for Engaging and Celebrating Families 

Rasmussen in the Community



Featured Book

Students and faculty and/or staff from the School of Education will hold story times and activity events featuring the book: 

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Events will be held at local child care centers or other organizations. Contact your campus for further information.

Video - Parent Reading Featured Book