Communities across the state will come together April 8 to 12 to recognize our youngest Idahoans and everyone who makes a difference in their lives. The local Week of the Young Child celebrations are part of a national effort to raise awareness about the unique needs of young learners.
“All children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life,” said Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “The Week of the Young Child is a time for Idaho to recognize the importance of the early years and the vital role of parents, caregivers, child care professionals and preschool teachers. We must work together to ensure that all children have opportunities to thrive.”
Throughout the week, Idaho AEYC will highlight the many ways young children learn. In addition to a statewide proclamation by Gov. Brad Little recognizing the Week of the Young Child, more than 20 local governments have issued or plan to issue proclamations:
Idaho AEYC is also partnering with the Idaho Botanical Garden to host a Week of the Young Child Celebration on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event at the Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road in Boise, focuses on connecting families with quality community resources, such as summer camps, after-school programs, early literacy information, healthy eating tips and child care. Each vendor booth offers an activity for young children, such as an art project or a new skill to learn. There will be performances from Treasure Valley dance companies along with live music from local band Blank Check and students from Boise Rock School.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971. It is celebrated annually across the country. You can learn more here.