Week of the Young Child

National Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by NAEYC and celebrated by early childhood programs across America. 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.

Celebrate Week of the Young Child in your Program

Rather than telling you how to celebrate, we encourage everyone to celebrate Week of the Young Child their own way in their programs. Since you know your program and your children better than we do, you're better able to plan activities that will meet your children's unique needs. If you're not sure where to start, check out NAEYC's Week of the Young Child website page.

Week of the Young Child Sub-Themes

NAEYC has provided a list of sub-themes for you use, if desired. These include:

Week of the Young Child Activities

In addition to providing sub-themes, NAEYC offers a wide variety of suggested activities for you to choose from. These activities include options appropriate to small and large groups, and include links to resources from NAEYC and other organizations. The activities focus on:

Community Promotions

Help promote awareness of quality early childhood programs with one of these ideas: