CCF5_08_275Next week we’re joining thousands of organizations  to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, an annual awareness campaign NAEYC has organized for more than 40 years.

The purpose of Week of the Young Child is to draw public attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Although we celebrate young children every week at First 5, this annual observance is an important reminder that we all play a role in making sure our children – our future students, workers, and parents – get the best possible start in life.  You can, too.  Try these ideas:

MONDAY:  Parents, take time to recognize your child’s child care providers and teachers. High-quality child care and early education boost children’s learning and social skills.  Recognize your provider for the professional educator he or she is!

TUESDAY:  Child care providers, engage parents in your programs. Studies show that children do better in school when their parents are involved.  Start parents on the right foot by providing opportunities for them to volunteer such as career day presentations, special story times, or field trips.

WEDNESDAY:  Take your child to the library or Visit a First 5 Center! Talking, reading, and playing together are the best ways to prepare your child for school.  Visit a story time at the library or try one of the hundreds of classes your local First 5 Center has to offer.

THURSDAY: Support Californians for President Obama’s Early Learning Plan, a new campaign to galvanize support to ensure every child has access to high quality early childhood education.  Join the movement to restore devastating cuts to early education programs, strengthen Head Start programs, and continue building the state’s quality early learning system.

FRIDAY: Volunteer your time or make a donation to your favorite children’s organization.  Contact family-serving agencies in your community and learn how you can help – financially, as a volunteer, or by donating needed items such as children’s books.

Find more ideas from NAEYC:

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