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EARLY YEARS ARE LEARNING YEARS
Celebrate National Week of the Young Child

Let’s all come together for children during the Week of the Young Child™ (April 6-12, 2014). As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, we honor all young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and we have a great opportunity to do our part to help
young children.  “Week of the Young Child™ is a time for all of us to recognize that Early Years are Learning Years® for all young children.”

Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits. Week of the  Young Child™ is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

Each of our sponsored ministries, St. Elizabeth’s Day Home and Holy Family Day Home, has early childhood professionals working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education, and to build public support for high-quality early childhood education programs.

NAEYC is the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality  of early education programs for children birth through age 8. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has nearly 80,000 members and a national network of more than 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

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The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 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.

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