Development of Young Minds celebrated during "Week of the Young Child"

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For one week each spring, families, educators and community members celebrate some of our youngest learners, preschool-aged children.

In 2016, Week of the Young Child is April 10-16, and each day is dedicated toward developing small children’s language, math, arts, social-emotional learning and more.

Several studies have shown teaching children in the earliest of years is crucial to helping them be ready for school, become lifelong learners and set them on the path to high school graduation and beyond. This is especially true, as research has shown the brain has been developed at 95 percent by the age of 5.

PBS Kids has proven in a number of surveys and studies to be able to play a crucial component – through its programming and games -- to be able to help in mathematical skills, vocabulary building, social-emotional learning and reading. Through American Graduate, public media stations have been able to utilize these resources with partners and through community events in outreach to parents and educators.

Week of the Young Child allows for the daily celebration of these young students but also encourages the year-round learning for them and ways to do it.

The Week of the Young Child schedule includes: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday.

To learn more about the Week of the Young Child and the activities and resources available for each day, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children.