Week of the Young Child: Themes and Quotes to Keep You Inspired

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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.

To address some of today’s most pressing ECE issues, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is hosting its annual Week of the Young Child (WOYC) on April 14-20.

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.

Feel free to share these images on Facebook, pin them to your Pinterest board or leave a comment with any quotes that we may have missed. Happy WOYC!

Theme: Early years are learning years

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Theme: Embracing diversity

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Theme: Encouraging health and fitness

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Theme: Investing in young children benefits all

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Theme: Play – where learning begins

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Theme: Prevent the achievement gap – we know how

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Theme: Promoting resilience in young children

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Theme: Strengthening families

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Theme: Teaching and teachers matter

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Kendall Bird is an Online Community Specialist for Rasmussen College. With her Bachelor’s degree in public relations and a passion for social media, she enjoys writing motivating and enthusiastic blog content to encourage future, current and former students to learn more about their discipline of study. Kendall’s ultimate goal is to generate a positive community through blogging to promote learning and change lives.

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