Special Edition:

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child

April 1st-7th, 2023

What is the 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 world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 52 Affiliates. 

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.

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.

Why focus on young children and early childhood programs?

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child® is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning.

Activities and Events

April 1st-April 7th

Join us for the annual event, Week of the Young Child. Throughout this special edition newsletter you will find ideas and resources to celebrate and recognize the young children of our community.

We partnered with several businesses within the San Luis Valley to provide discounted and free activities for children April 1st-April 7th. Read on for more information.

(The events are listed in chronological order for easy planning.)

Week of the Young Child-Spirit Week

Spirit week is a fun and simple way to encourage children to perform better academically, socially and civically. Children who participate in spirit week are happier in general than their less-spirited peers. Dressing up also allows children to socialize and make more friends, which can help them in their education and future careers!

Also, it is just a great excuse to dress up! See the schedule below to participate.

Click here for more activities you can do throughout the week!

NAYEC encourages you to share your Week of the Young child activities on social using #WOYC23!  WOYC23#WOYC23#WOYC3#WOYC23

The Sand Dunes Swimming Pool is offering discounted admission of $6.00 for children 5 years old and under! Take advantage of this discount beginning Saturday April 1st through Wednesday April 5th! Just mention the Early Childhood Council and the Week of the Young Child to receive the discount! For more information about the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, visit: https://www.sanddunespool.com/


Have you heard of the NEW indoor play space for young children located in Alamosa? The Playhouse, located at 6512 Cramer Road, offers an indoor play space for young children. To help us celebrate the Week of the Young Child, the Playhouse is offering discounted admission of $5.00 per child! Just mention the Early Childhood Council and the Week of the Young Child to receive the discount! For more information about the Playhouse, visit: https://www.slvplayhouse.com/

Lunch with the Easter Bunny!

Join us for lunch with the Easter Bunny at the Costilla County Fire Station- A benefit for Centennial Schools Early Learning Center. The purchase of a taco plate includes a picture with the Easter Bunny himself!

A night at the movies!

The Early Childhood Council of SLV presents No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated and powerful force for good in America today: Early Childhood Education.

Thursday April 6th 7:00 PM Free entry, Free Drink, Free popcorn! Attend for a chance to win a door prize!

Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Dylan Brown Agency, Farmers Insurance, is doing the annual Easter Egg hunt at Cole Park in Alamosa on Saturday, April 8th at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM!

This event includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, Food, Bounce houses, pony rides, games, music and tons of fun! We hope to see you there!

Parents As Teachers suggested at home activity:

Play with puppets!

A puppet is a toy that can be moved by the hands or fingers. Puppets offer children an opportunity for role-playing that allows them to explore new personalities, and ideas and develop their imagination. Puppets can increase children's communication and social skills by providing structured opportunities to interact.

The children enjoy re-telling familiar stories and making up original stories for puppet characters. So, you and your child can make simple puppets at home with objects found around the house.

How does playing with puppets help a child's development?

Puppets can help children to learn rhymes and songs as they imitate the puppet too. Using puppets in teaching supports children to develop socially and emotionally as they view puppets as a friend and feel more comfortable engaging in social interactions. There are a number of motor skills that children can improve as well through playing with puppets. The fine movement required to wear a puppet helps with dexterity and using fingers to manipulate the puppet improves fine motor coordination.

Below are two simple ways to create your very own puppet.

Paper Bag Puppets - Using small brown paper lunch bags, children can use crayons or markers to create a puppet.


Stick Puppets - Make story character's faces or bodies on heavy paper or cardboard with crayons, markers, or paint. Cut the fingers out and attach them with strong glue or tape the pieces to a ruler or popsicle stick. Then add a face and body to the puppet.


Safety tip:

When you use permanent markers do not allow your child to color on themselves or to use the markers unsupervised.

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