The Week of the Young Child

Posted: April 2, 2013

"The Week of the Young Child" is an annual celebration which was initiated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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.

In Westmoreland County this celebration happens the entire month of April. The purpose 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.

On Thursday, March 28th Patty Graff, Better Kid Care Coordinator along with Jan Gebicki and Jan Fox from United Way of Westmoreland County School Readiness attended the recent county commissioners meeting at the Westmoreland County Court House. At the meeting a proclamation was read declaring April "Month of the Young Child".

The early care community asks that each one of us to take note of all the special young children in our lives. Watch community calendars for events such as "ZOOM! Exploring How Things Move", a parent and child activity day happening on Saturday April 13th here at the Donohoe Center.

For information and details contact Patty Graff at 724-837-1402 or