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Week of the Young Child: WOYC2021

Welcome to the 2021 Week of the Young Child Guide

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide

April 10-16, 2021

Featured Book

All Are Welcome

By Alexandra Penfold

Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Discover a school where—no matter what—young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other's traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be.

~ Random House

Children's Picture Books

View a selection of children's picture books on diversity and inclusion on the Cloud Library WOYC 2021 Bookshelf.

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.

NAEYC Twitter Feed

View the latest WOYC events on the NAEYC Twitter feed!

Week of the Young Child Webinars and Events

View the archive HERE:

Note: Certificates for watching the recording of this WOYC Webinar will not be provided.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Padlet

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NAEYC Daily Activities

Kick-Off Saturday!  April 10, 2021

Check out the WOYC Activities and Resources page for ideas and information to plan your events.

Here are list of things you can do to plan for the week of celebrations!

Things you can do on Kick-off Saturday

  •  Post a video, blog or social media post sharing why you celebrate Week of the Young Child and what you do to prepare
  •  Consider hosting a virtual event where you can share your local proclamation or lead a fun activity.
  •  Take some time for yourself and re-energize so that you’re ready for the week ahead
  •  Plan for the week ahead:
  •  Create a dancing playlist for Music Monday​
  •  Gather ingredients from your kitchen for a Tasty Tuesday activity
  •  For Work Together Wednesday, work with other educators in your program to draft a group letter to your elected officials, emphasizing the need to #InvestinECE
  •  Replenish your arts and crafts supply for Artsy Thursday
  •  Draft an email to parents explaining what they should expect during the week and how they can prepare for your Family Friday activity


Music Monday! April 12, 2021

Step It Up Activity 

Make sure your state and local elected officials are all singing from the same songbook! Join the chorus for change and work with your states’ Affiliates to help policymakers sign proclamations that honor and advance the early childhood education profession as part of the WOYC™. Get inspired by what NAEYC’s affiliate leaders and partners did in 2019 to move beyond "thanks and recognition." Also, don't forget to access the new 2021 Proclamation Toolkit, an easy-to-use resource that will help you secure a proclamation to educate the public, bring attention to our issues, and provide an effective advocacy tool for the future!

Tasty Tuesday!  April 13, 2021

Step It Up Activity 

Explore the culture specific foods that the young children in your classroom may enjoy at home. Connect with families by engaging them in the history and tradition of meals from their countries of origin. Consider having families share a story or recipe about their favorite dish and the history behind it. Introduce your class to new ingredients and discuss where they are grown. Create a recipe book using images the children draw and share the book with the community. The creative opportunities are as endless as the meals themselves.

Work Together Wednesday!  April 14, 2021

Step It Up Activity

The young children in your classroom aren’t the only ones who succeed when they work together. Take a moment to join NAEYC in advancing our profession by signing up for Power to the Profession; supporting your peers through the discussions on HELLO; reaching out to elected officials about the importance of investing in ECE; or inviting someone new to become a member. Working together makes us stronger together, and that means the impact we make can be monumental!

Artsy Thursday!  April 15, 2021

Step It Up Activity

Find ways to display your classroom’s art projects for the community to see, and while you have their attention, educate them about the importance of high-quality early childhood education. Here are some suggestions to get started:

  •  Set up a gallery at a local business or public library to share your classroom art creations. Check out how one center set up an exhibition last year in their student center.
  •  Include information about high-quality care as part of your art displays in community. Need brochures? Visit our online store:
  •  Create a digital gallery on social media or on your program’s website. Share using the hashtag #woyc20. 
  •  Create a print book to share with the community. Tip: Sell the book for fundraising your trip to an NAEYC conference!

Family Friday!  April 16, 2021

Step It Up Activity

Extend your NAEYC family! The early childhood education community doesn’t end outside the doors of your classroom. Connect with your local affiliate, encourage families to join our Family level membership, learn how to engage with your local policymakers, and more! There are endless opportunities to keep your entire community in-the-know about early childhood education. See how the The Akron Art Museum and the NAEYC's MaineAEYC engaged their communities.