The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
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.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we — as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation — will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.
The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment — at home, at child care, at school, and in the community — that will promote their early learning.
Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood programs is recognizing the Week of the Young Child by decorating grocery bags from Cub Foods and Riverside Market for shoppers to use, as well as hosting an Early Childhood Fair on Saturday, April 26. The fair will be held at Cambridge Intermediate School from 10 a.m. to noon and will include a vehicle fair, music from “The Zinghoppers,” fun activities, and many resources. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. For more information, call the Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Office at 763-691-6691.