NLCI promotes NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child

WOYClogo1_0[1]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. This year the celebrations will take place across the nation from April 14th to the 20th.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is for communities to focus public attention through celebrations on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

This year, the theme for the Week of the Young Child™ 2013 is Early Years Are Learning Years®. Celebrations are organized and coordinated by regional, state, and local NAEYC Affiliates, and by individual early childhood programs and community organizations providing services to young children and families. To find your local event for Week of the Young Child, check with your local affiliate or visit

Local communities may tailor celebrations to meet their own needs. In some Latino communities, the celebrations carry the theme and cultural traditions embedded in El Día de Los Ninos. Others have modified the dates of their celebration to coordinate with other community-scheduled events. However adapted, the central purpose remains unchanged—to promote the needs of young children, their families, and the early childhood programs that serve them.

The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning.

NLCI invites you to share how your organization celebrates Latino children and their families during the Week of the Young Child. Have a Great Week of the Young Child!

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