As of father of two children in preschool this celebration hits very close to home. The research to back the value of the learning prior to children reaching school age is overwhelming that it may be the most important time in a child's learning life. So as a family with both parents working we rely on the amazing people at our local daycare/preschool to mold and teach our children for up to 10 hours each day.
So how do we honor these great people, and thank them for all they do? Well, to be honest without this week to be reminded of the importance of their role in children's lives, probably nothing. So as a parent or grandparent of a child in a daycare or preschool learning setting - simply reach out and do something thoughtful, and special for not only your child's teacher or daycare provider, but also any other staff that may be tied to the center. Whether it is a special cup of coffee or a personlized gift that's meaning is worth more than its financial value, do something positive!
What is the Week of the Young Child?
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.