Break out the balloons, it’s time to celebrate Week of the Young Child!

Break out the balloons, it’s time to celebrate Week of the Young Child!

This week is Week of the Young Child! It might not be a household celebration yet, but it should be. National Association for the Education of Young Children – NAEYC – in 1971 designated a week every year to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families.

Week of the Young Child is also when we recognize the programs and services that help young children and their families. The work parents, family members, teachers and early childhood programs do sets children up for success in school and later in life.

Tomorrow is Family Friday, the day we celebrate parents and other family members as children’s first and most impactful teachers! Here’s how you can celebrate:

1.       Tell stories! You don’t have to read stories (although we encourage that too!) but telling your children stories about their family members, culture, something you make up, whatever story you tell helps your child’s development.

2.       Explore the great outdoors! Get outside and enjoy these last few days of cool spring temps. Go to a park and explore the different wildflowers and cactus blooms, check out some of the different rocks, talk about – and watch out for – some of our more dangerous wildlife like scorpions and rattlesnakes.

3.       Bubbles! What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Talk about what their size and shape, how they float, how the wind changes things, and have fun! You can also use this easy bubble recipe and make them with your kids!

Parent Partners Plus has the outstanding job of connecting families to early childhood programs throughout Maricopa County. Are you ready to learn more, or share our programs with family and friends? We would love to hear from you.

Happy Week of the Young Child, something to celebrate all year.