Join DVAEYC for 2014 Week of the Young Child!
"Early Years Are Learning Years: Investing in Young Children Benefits All"


DVAEYC encourages early childhood professionals, advocates, and supporters to participate in the following activities to support the message that high quality early education is an investment in Pennsylvania's future!


Whatever your program of AEYC Affiliate is planning for WOYC, this is the year to include the big picture. Why? 

...The new statewide Pre-K for PA campaign is bringing more public recognition than ever before to the need for high quality ECE for all of our three and four year olds.

The goal of Pre-K for PA is to get early childhood central to the platform of every gubernatorial candidate, then fund it at a level that would allow every preschooler access to high quality early childhood education by 2018.


There are so many ways to celebrate! Here are some ideas for every day of the week:

  • Monday, April 7: Dance and get Happy! 
  • Tuesday, April 8: Parent selfies say "#IAmPreK"
  • Wednesday, April 9: Register to Vote for Pre-K!
  • Thursday, April 10: Pre-K Throwback Thursday
  • Friday, April 11: Walk and poster the community

For a fuller description of each day's suggested activity, go to our calendar.

If this isn't enough, see a summary of NAEYC's ideas or go to their WOYC page.


Whatever you decide to do, please keep the following in mind:

  • Use the Pre-K for PA logo; encourage everybody to sign up.
  • Distribute Pre-K for PA buttons, window-clings, car magnets, posters, etc.
  • Take advantage of pre-written press release to get publicity from your local media outlets.
  • Spread your news through social media. Post to Pre-K for PA and use common Twitter hashtags (i.e., #PreK4PA, #PreK, #IAmPreK, #PAGov).


What is Week of the Young Child? 

Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a national celebration. A time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy. And a time to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.
This is our annual opportunity to reach out to everyone in the Delaware Valley and ask them to make the time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the many adults involved in their education and care — from parents to teachers to caregivers who play such important roles in the lives of young children.

We encourage early childhood programs and organizations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania to plan noteworthy WOYC events. These events are designed to bring each respective community together to promote early literacy and learning, recognize early childhood teachers in each community, and influence public policy makers locally, state-wide and nationally to make early childhood education the best it can be.