Childcare Resources recently celebrated Week of the Young Child alongside 60,000 early childhood education advocates nationwide. Established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) more than fifty years ago, Week of the Young Child recognizes that a child’s earliest years build a foundation for later successes.
At the NAEYC-accredited Childcare Resources School, the week featured developmentally-appropriate activities for students that supported learning in a fun way. Students engaged in sensory play and explored science with bubbles on Bubble Day. Messy Art Day encouraged creativity and collaboration through open-ended art projects. Pajama Day showcased literacy activities featuring Anna Dewdney's picture book Llama, Llama, Red Pajama. By dressing up for Wacky Day, students began to develop the critical thinking skills that lead to big concepts like compare and contrast.
“Week of the Young Child is such an important week during the school year,” said School Director Tara Beard. “During the preschool years, children learn through play. The special play-based activities during this week help our students develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and creative skills.”