The month of April brings a multitude of celebrations to Child360—Staff Appreciation Week, Earth Day, and the annual Week of the Young Child. All of these celebrations are unique in their own right, yet each shares a powerful theme of reflection and gratefulness; a combination that often generates the motivation that builds a better tomorrow.
From April 16-20, our partners at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) will host the Week of the Young Child. Established in 1971, the weeklong celebration seeks to bring public attention to the needs of young children, their teachers and families, and lift up the organizations who dedicate themselves to meeting these needs. The NAEYC has coordinated themes for each day of the week that not only support your child’s development, but will also strengthen bonds and offer such fun ways to engage with each other, your child will hardly know he or she is learning! It is our hope that this special week will reignite and inspire the fun ways you can support your child’s development in a fashion that is fitting for the culture of your family, and may already exist in your routine. Be sure to check out our feature story for this month, which provides fun activities whether you are at home or in the classroom. I myself have two boys aged five and two, and I know they will love exploring music on Music Monday and experiencing the engineering nature of Work Together Wednesday.
In addition to partaking in all of the fun activities over the course of the week, we also want to take the opportunity to say thank you to our partners, teachers, fellow organizations and child advocates. It’s because of you that celebrations like the Week of the Young Child continue to have meaning, and impact – and we can all envision a better tomorrow for our children.
Whether you’re a parent, constituent, lawmaker or teacher – we invite you to say ‘thank you’ to those who touch your life daily, and make a difference in the life of our children. Your words of appreciation and acknowledgment will sustain them to stay inspired and actively seek the innovation our children deserve.
If you snap any photos during your Week of the Young Child celebrations, be sure to tag us @Child360 and use the hashtag #WOYC18 – we’d love to see what you’re up to.
Bill Sperling, Acting CEO