Week of the Young Child™
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.
To learn more about the Week of the Young Child™, visit https://www.naeyc.org/events/woyc.
Next year's Week of the Young Child™ will be April 15–21, 2023.
A Review of the Week of the Young Child™ in Iowa
April 2-8 2022
Governor signs proclamation for the Week of the Young Child™
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) asks Iowans to acknowledge this year’s (April 2-8, 2022) Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC). As part of the National WOYC celebration, Iowa honors young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
“There is no better way to make Iowa ready for the future than investing in quality early care and education for our youngest Iowans,” said Jillian Herink, Executive Director of Iowa AEYC.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the Proclamation naming April 2-8, 2022 as Iowa’s WOYC, at her office at the Capitol today, March 22 at 11:30 am. Early childhood leaders and advocates gathered to support this recognition.
The WOYC is an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of WOYC is to focus public attention on the importance of high-quality early care and education and the critical role early childhood educators play in a child’s development and learning.
The 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 in life.
Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which provides children with a great start in life and brings lasting benefits to Iowa.
The WOYC is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and to celebrate the early care and education workforce and the policies that bring quality early care and education experiences to young children.
Charles City mayor signs proclamation for the Week of the Young Child™