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Month of the Young Child

All around the Hoosier state, Month of the Young Child activities are organized and promoted by members of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Inc. (Indiana AEYC). As the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Indiana AEYC has 16 chapters with more than 3,000 members who are working to improve the lives of young children and those who care for and educate them.

First established in 1971 by NAEYC, Month of the Young Child focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.  Month 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. Month of the Young Child serves as a time to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that every child experiences the type of early environment–at home, at child care, at school, and in the community–that will promote learning.

2016 Indiana Week of the Young Child Proclamation

2016 Week of the Young Child™ Indiana  News and Events

Month of the Young Child Champions Reception

East Central Chapter-City of Muncie Month of the Young Child Proclamation

East Central Chapter-Dunkirk, Alexandria, Marion, Montpelier Month of the Young Child Proclamations

Add your event to the NAEYC WOYC Map!

Follow Indiana AEYC on Twitter, tag us using @IndianaAEYC and use #woyc!

Downloadable Resources:

MOYC Toolkit-Includes Proclamation Template
Event Planning Handbook

NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™ April 24-28, 2017

2017 Week of the Young Child™ Events

April 24, 2017- 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’s song is “One Love,” as performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus. You can record the song with the official lyrics, or make up your own unique version 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 educators


April 25, 2017

Healthy eating and fitness at 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 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 #woyc2017.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient

For more fun ideas on how to incorporate Taco Tuesday into your classroom activities, check out how this NAEYC-accredited center prepared for the day!


April 26, 2017- Work Together Wednesday!

Work together, build together, 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 top!

‘Building Together’ resources for families and educators


April 27, 2017- Artsy Thursday!

Think, problem solve, 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 educators


April 28, 2017- 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!

Week of the Young Child Activities and Resources



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