Celebrating the Week of the Young Child

woyc-logo-2008The 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 100,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

We are proud of the fact that all Day Nursery centers are NAEYC accredited. That means we go the extra mile every day to make sure our programs meet the needs of your child and your family. More than 20 years ago, NAEYC created an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early childhood experience.

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.

In the Day Nursery centers this week, special activities are going on to celebrate.  At the Clarian Day Nursery, children and parents made a banner together to highlight the week.  At the State Government Center Day Nursery, the staff held a parent appreciation day breakfast. At our Ruth A. Lilly Center, parents were the guests for lunch today and they made art projects with their children. The children at our Ft. Harrison Center are happy because their classrooms were stocked with several new toys. Parents at the Day Nursery Guion Road Center and Federal Centers are encouraged to come visit and read to their child’s class this week. In Hendricks County at our center in Avon, a local librarian has been in several times to read to the children.

No matter how you celebrate it, the Week of the Young Child calls attention to the importance of early childhood education. Read NAEYC’s, A Call to Excellence in Early Childhood Education, which describes the organization’s vision for all children, all early childhood professionals, all families, and all communities.

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