"Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!" is this Year's Theme for the Week of the Young Child Starting April 12th

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Linking Families and Communities is joining in the celebration of The Week of the Young Child, an annual event established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 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 early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

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"The NAEYC has put together some really fun and easy ideas to encourage early childhood programs and family activities," says Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is promoting and celebrating The Week of the Young Child. This year the week will be April 12 – 18, 2015 and the theme is “Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!"

Linking Families and Communities is promoting the week long event and encourages child care providers and educators in their service areas of Webster, Calhoun and Pocahontas Counties to incorporate the daily focus ideas into their routines for that week.

"NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has put together some really fun and easy ideas for early childhood programs and families," says Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 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.

Here are the daily focus ideas as recommended by NAEYC.

Music Monday! April 13, 2015
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - and of course, have fun while being active! In their popular song, Thingamajig, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band use some very unusual words! For Music Monday we invite you to sing and dance along to this hit. Have fun making up your own verses and dance moves. Record your own unique version of the song and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc15.

Taco Tuesday April 14, 2015
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
This fun, food-themed day is more than just cheese and salsa. With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. On Taco Tuesday create your own healthy tacos and then share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyctacotues.

Work Together Wednesday April 15, 2015
Work together, build together, learn together
When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today! Kids can use any building material - from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a Lego creation. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woycworktogether hashtag.

Artsy Thursday April 16, 2015
Think, problem solve, create
Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials - from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your child' creation on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woycartsy hashtag.

Family Friday April 17, 2015
Sharing family stories
Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners: families! NAEYC applauds you as your child's’ first and most important teachers. Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woycfamfriday as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.

Linking Families and Communities serves the counties of Webster, Calhoun and Pocahontas and is located at 822 Central Avenue, Suite 340, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Additional information is available by calling 515-955-5437 or visiting the website at http://www.linking-families.com.

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