The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. We’re so excited for a week long celebration of our youngest learners! Start planning your celebration today with event ideas and activities below!

April 24: 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, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, 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 teachers
NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!

Today is Take Our Children to Work Day.

8:30 am-12:30 pm: Toy Library and Early Learning Center at Community Resources for Children
10:30 am: Week of the Young Child March and Rally Governor’s Mansion, Sacramento
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Read, Listen, Learn Craft Activities, American Canyon Family Resource Center

April 25: Tasty Tuesday 
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.
Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers
Download the Week of the Young Child Taco Cookbook!

8 am-12:30 pm: Visit the Napa Farmers’ Market to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables
10:15 am: Toddler Storytime (18 mo-3 years) Napa Main Library
10:30 am: Preschool Storytime, American Canyon Library; Family Storytime, Calistoga Library; Storytime St. Helena Public Library

April 26: Work Together 
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.

10:30 am Storytime, St. Helena Public Libary
10:30 am: Wee Storytime (6-18 mos.), Napa Main Library
11:15 am: Family Storytime, Yountville Library
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Read, Listen, Learn Craft Activities, American Canyon Family Resource Center
1:30-4:30 pm: Toy Library and Early Learning Center at Community Resources for Children
6:30 pm: Jump ‘n Jive Storytime (ages 4 +) Napa Main Library

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 teachers

April 27: 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.

10:30 am: Preschool Storytime, Napa Main Library

Consider donating children’s artwork to be displayed at local business and offices.

Today is Child Safety Seat Day. Interested in having community organizations check safety seats at your site?

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 teachers

April 28: 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.

7 pm: Brandon Heath Concert, Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Uptown Theatre Today is TV Turn Off Day and Bubble Release Day.

TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families! Resources for engaging and celebrating families

Click here for a flyer you can share about Napa County Week of the Young Child.

Click here for more information about the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)’s Week of the Young Child celebration.

For more information about what’s happening in Napa County, or to get involved in Napa County Week of the Young Child, contact Je Ton Carey at 707 259-5998.

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