Join VTAEYC+NAEYC to celebrate Week of the Young Child, April 1-7 and honor our youngest learners with five fun-filled, themed days!

Whether celebrating this week, next week or for a whole month, VTAEYC+NAEYC invites you to celebrate and shine a spotlight on your classroom, advocacy, and family engagement activities via social media. We look forward to seeing all the creative ways you find to engage young children and their families with hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art. 

Start planning your week around the daily classroom celebration themes (below). Or create your own! The important thing is that we’re celebrating the potential of ALL young children to learn, grow and thrive! Discover NAEYC’s resources and Step It Up (SIU) ideas to use in your planning.

Saturday Kick-off, April 1

Get ready for Week of the Young Child! Share your plans on social media, tag @vtaeyc and use #woyc23.

Music Monday, April 3

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills—All while having fun and being active!

Tasty Tuesday, April 4

Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more while encouraging healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom.

Work Together Wednesday, April 5

When children build together, they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.

Artsy Thursday, April 6

Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

Family Friday, April 7

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.

2023 WOYC Grant Recipients

For the second year, VTAEYC offered our members mini-grants to support #WOYC23 community celebrations. These competitive grants will support events statewide.

Milton Vermont Early Childhood Network, serving Chittenden and Franklin Counties (member: Erica Ward)

OC CARES, serving Coventry and Orleans Counties (member: Lisa Duncan)

The Family Place PCC, serving Windsor County (member: Hali Issente)

Arlington Area Childcare Inc., serving Bennington County (member: Ginelle Hunter)

Addison County Director Network, serving Addison County (member: Linda January)

Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development, serving Windham County (member: Sarah DiNicola)

NEKCA Parent Child Center, serving Caledonia County (member: Heather Lytle)

We can’t wait for these celebrations! Look for more info as Week of the Young Child approaches, and please remember to tag @VTAEYC in your #WOYC23 social media posts. If you would like to plan WOYC events for children and families in your community or program, visit NAEYC’s website for resources and activities.