Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. This is the 40th year of celebration. The theme this year is “The Early Years are Learning Years”.
At Children’s Choice this week, you will see many activities that celebrate children, educators, and families. We believe that the early years ARE learning years. We begin early. We understand the importance of the first year of life. Our infants have individual lesson plans. We place great emphasis on reading to infants and we also realize that connection is the beginning of literacy. We must spend time with each child, understand the individual need of each one and then have a plan for meeting those needs.
We celebrate the uniqueness of each child. Every child deserves love, respect, and to have a sense of belonging in their environment. The toys, pictures, books, and educators must reflect the cultural diversity of the children in our programs. Inclusion is important to Children’s Choice. Every child deserves to feel respected and included.
We believe that children deserve to be protected and we urge parents, communities and educators to work together to stand up for children in need. Together we can make a difference. The Week of the Young Child is a great time to look for ways to get more involved in supporting agencies that protect vulnerable children or children that have been harmed. While every child deserves respect and love, some have suffered tremendous pain and if we all work together, we can make a difference in their young lives.
Someone once said, “We worry about what our children will become yet we forget that he is someone today”. Let’s celebrate each child this week. Love them, hug them, and teach them well. Let’s also celebrate the people who lovingly care for them daily. “In union, there is strength” Aesop.