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South Suburban Association for the Education of Young Children
Week Of the Young Child
April 24-28th, 2017
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 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional 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.