April 16 - 20, 2018

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.

The Week of the Young Child™(WOYC) is an annual event sponsored by the NAEYC 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.

 NAEYC first established the ​WOYC​ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life.  
While NAEYC leads the WOYC, accompanying events can be planned and implemented by local affiliates, chapters, communities, and child care programs as well as an opportunity to promote NAEYC membership. If you are planning any activities for the Week of the Young Child let us know! We will be posting WOYC activities on our Website on the local chapter pages on the Week of the Young Child page. Remember any pictures that include children need to have the signed written permission of their parent or guardian.

NAEYC Affiliates are strongly encouraged to coordinate with individual early childhood programs and community organizations to plan local WOYC celebrations, as well as use this opportunity to promote NAEYC membership in their communities.

Theme Days
 ● Music Monday:​ Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - all while having fun and being creative!  ● Tasty Tuesday​: This fun, food-themed day is about more than just animal crackers! With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families can encourage healthy nutrition while children learn about the math and science of cooking. ● Work Together Wednesday: ​When children build together they experience teamwork and develop their social and early literacy skills. ● Artsy Thursday: ​Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. ● Family Friday: ​Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners!

For more information check out ● The  NAEYC website for suggestions and ideas.

We invite chapters 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.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Mid Iowa Chapter of Iowa AEYC
  • ​Des Moines Art Center (events to be offered on April 15 and 22.
  • Des Moines Public Library (children’s author on April 16, and many storytimes)
  • Blank Park Zoo (hosting PD on April 16, WHOLE WEEK- FREE child admission with paid adult entry)
  • Science Center of Iowa (WHOLE WEEK-FREE child admission with paid adult entry)
  • VNS Play and Learn (WOYC focus on April 17, 18, and 19)
For more information on these and any additional activities check out their Facebook page.
East Central Chapter of Iowa AEYC
Friday, April 13, 2018:
Workshop for Parents and Child Care Providers
Pizza at 6:15 PM | Program at 6:30 PM
Register Here
Saturday, April 14, 2018:
Kids Fair – Free Museum Admission All Day
Special “Play for All” activities from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Free admission to the museum from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Read More about either event.