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Week of the Young Child (WOYC)

WOYC 2012 is April 22 – 28. The 2012 theme is "Early Years Are Learning Years".

Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

Events to celebrate the Week of the Young Child in Nevada are held each year that are sponsored by the Reno Association for the Education of Young Children (RAEYC) and the Southern Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (SNAEYC). They are open to the community.

Week of the Young Child events included an annual "Walk for Children and Family Fun Day" at the Sparks Marina, sponsored by RAEYC, and an Annual Family Fun Day at the Galleria at Sunset, sponsored by SNAEYC.

For additional information and tools to plan local events, see the NAEYC Week of the Young Child homepage. Information for next year's WOYC will become available beginning in the fall. Archived information includes the Week of the Young Child Event Planning Handbook, Key Facts, Community Partners, Suggested Activities, WOYC Resources and Frequently Asked Questions.