Every year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates young children and learning, and this week April 16-20, 2018 is dedicated to just that. According to the NAEYC, the reason that a week is set aside annually 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.”
Local communities throughout the United States hold events for the celebration. Events vary from a fun hat day to an ice cream social, a parade in a school and even a trip to the mayor’s office. Importantly, the focus is on young children learning.
In the U. S. Virgin Islands where I live, I always participate in some way. This year, I will be visiting an elementary school. I have been asked to read a local story to children and join in a special hat parade.
Where ever you reside, please consider volunteering your time and talents to make this a special time for children in your area. Whenever I visit a classroom or school to participate in an activity, I find that the children are always excited to have a special visitor who thinks they are important. I am certain that it will be a blessing for you too, as it is for me!