April 10-16, 2021

Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) 50th Anniversary

A fun filled week celebrating young children and their families with hands-on collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art.

We invite chapters and members to submit small articles and pictures of your Week of the Young Child activities. Make sure to have parents permission to post any pictures of children. Send to info@iowaaeyc.org or patd@iowaaeyc.org.

The Week of the Young Child™(WOYC) is an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. ​The purpose of the WOYC​ 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.

Iowa AEYC's Week of the Young Child Proclamation
Photo release
NAEYC Links About Week of the Young Child
WOYC Overview
WOYC Activity Resources
What is WOYC?
WEEK of the Young Child Activities in Iowa

Join us virtually on April 14 at 7:00 pm for the Iowa AEYC Week of the Young Child 50th Year Celebration!

You are invited to join us along with NAEYC Governing Board President and author of the recently published book, Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education, Ann McClain Terrell. Celebrate the early care and education profession and hear how you can help further the work of Iowa AEYC. Click here to register!


Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Week of the Young Child Proclamation
East Central Chapter (Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Tama, and Poweshiek counties)
The East Central Chapter in Johnson County has a long tradition of working with the Iowa Children's Museum, 4Cs Community Coordinated Childcare, Johnson County ECI, ChildServe, and the local libraries in Johnson County. Our work has for years been a communal project, reflecting the care of many in our community for the issues faced by educators, families, and the larger community. COVID has forced the committee to be creative this year, so rather than their annual legislators' breakfast they are sending their local legislators a gift card for coffee, a bagel, and a bookmark with current policy issues for them to keep in mind. In addition the ICM is hosting a socially distant evening at the museum for child care providers and their families, and the annual "Child at Heart" award will be awarded.
Cedar Rapid's Week of the Young Child Proclamation signed by Mayor Brad Hart
Miranda Niemi Owner of Collins Aerospace Day Academy and Mayor of Marion , Nicolas AbouAssaly
Marion's Week of the Young Child Proclamation signed by Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly
Family Child Care Chapter
Green Valley Chapter (Clark, Decatur, Lukas, Ringgold, Union, and Wayne counties)
Mid-Iowa Chapter (Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Story, and Warren counties)
50 Ways to Celebrate 50 Years of WOYC
Advocacy Color Page Celebrate-This is for you to print off and encourage children to add their creative touch. Display in your program/classroom, share in community business boards, post as you see fit. (Note-avoid posting child photos without parent or guardian written approval.)
Mayor Brian Hatch signed a Week of the Young Child at Knoxville's West Elementary School with Brian Kingrey.
Knoxville's Week of the Young Child Proclamation signed by Mayor Brian Hatch
Mayor Joel Greer: "Locally, the tornato, pandemic, and derecho have highlighted the need for quality early child care and education. I encourage employers, educators, legislators, and parents to recognize this need and collaborate to meet it."
Marshalltown's Week of the Young Children Proclamation signed by Mayor Joel Greer
Click here to read the article "Proclamation about raising awareness for child care shortage," an article in the Times-Republican.
Mississippi Rock Chapter (Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Jones, Muscatine, and Scott counties)
North Central Chapter (Calhoun, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster, and Wright counties)
The North Central Chapter leadership encourages centers and homes to reach out to their mayors to have proclamations signed and also to do some activities in their programs.
Mayor Larry Runyan signed a Week of the Young Child Proclamation while visiting the Stratfore Early Learning Center.
Stratford's Week of the Young Children Proclamation signed by Mayor Larry Runyan
North Iowa Chapter (Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Hancock, Howard, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth counties)
Mason City's Week of the Young Child Proclamation signed by Mayor Bill Schickel.
Northeast Chapter (Allamakee, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, and Winneshiek counties)
Prairie Rivers Chapter (Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Franklin, Grudy, and Hardin counties)
Rolling Prairie Chapter (Appanoose, Davis, Keokuk, Mahaska, and Wapello counties)
The Rolling Prarie Chapter is having an online celebration on Thursday, April 15. This event will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. thru Zoom. It is an opportunity for members to network with others. One basket of gold-themed goodies and two gift bags of gold-thememd craft materials will be given away to three lucky participants. Participants are encouraged to dress up and enjoy snacks at their individual locations during the Zoom.
Siouxland Chapter (Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brian, Osceola, and Sioux Counties)
Southeast Chapter (Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Lee, Louisa, Van Buren, and Washington counties)
Southwest Chapter (Adair, Adams, Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Taylor counties)
Council Bluffs Week of the Young Child Proclamation signed by Mayor Matthew J. Walsh
West Central Chapter (Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Monona, and Shelby counties)
Western Plains Chapter (Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Plymouth, Sac, and Woodbury counties)