Researchers have found that when mothers communicate with their newborns, babies learn almost 300 more words by the age of two than toddlers whose mothers rarely spoke to them. In fact, early childhood education combined with high quality childcare can significantly improve a child’s chances for success later in life.
With statistics like these, it’s natural to question how much importance is placed on child development in our classrooms today. With a growing demand for early childhood educators , the rise of universal pre-kindergarten (pre-K) and bullying becoming major issues in education, the need for high quality care and education in child development is stronger than ever.
WOYC is focused on promoting the needs of young children and their families. Its secondary goal is to recognize and award the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
Below, you can find the themes of this year’s WOYC and, for each theme, a quote that aligns with it. The quotes are mostly historic in nature, and were chosen because their messages convey the importance of child development and are as relevant now as they have ever been.
Theme: Early years are learning years
Theme: Embracing diversity
Theme: Encouraging health and fitness
Theme: Investing in young children benefits all
Theme: Play – where learning begins
Theme: Prevent the achievement gap – we know how
Theme: Promoting resilience in young children
Theme: Strengthening families
Theme: Teaching and teachers matter