Are You Ready for the Week of the Young Child?

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The Week of the Young Child, a national event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to celebrate the importance of high-quality early learning, takes place April 1st -7th.  The Maine Department of Education (DOE) and Maine’s Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are excited to celebrate the event with early childhood educators across the state.

The Week of the Young Child kicks off on Saturday, April 1st, and is followed by opportunities to celebrate using interdisciplinary daily themes throughout the week. How will you celebrate?

Visit the Week of the Young Child resource page on the DOE website for information on the daily themes, scheduled events, and resources for celebrating.  The page includes links to the NAEYC and MAEYC sites, MAEYC’s planning guidebook, and videos that the DOE developed to support early childhood educators in celebrating the daily themes and integrating them into their day-to-day practice.

Let’s work together to spread the word about the importance and value of high-quality early care and learning! Share photos of your celebrations on social media using the hashtags #WOYCMaine and #WOYC2023 to connect with MDOE, OCFS, MAEYC and NAECY.

Email photos along with the name of your program (use WYOC and the daily theme in the subject line) to Nicole Madore at nicole.madore@maine.gov for an opportunity to win a free registration to the Maine Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference which will be held October 27th & 28th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Youtube logoCheck out the Maine Department of Education’s Week of the Young Child YouTube Playlist from April 3rd -7th to watch videos highlighting Maine early childhood educators in roles related to the WOYC daily themes.  See the amazing work going on in early childhood settings across the state and learn about the variety of roles there are in the field.  Have your ever thought about working with young children?  You might find a role that is just right for you from these inspiring stories.

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Join us in Augusta on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, for Early Childhood Education State House Day.  Early childhood educators from across the state will work together to celebrate and call attention to the vital work they do.  For more information see the events section of the MAEYC website.

If you would like more information on the Week of the Young Child or careers in the field of early childhood education, please reach out to one of the Early Learning Team members from Maine DOE or to an Early Care and Education team member from OCFS listed below.

Maine DOE Early Learning Team

Maine OCFS Team