Happy Week of the Young Child 2011!

All across the nation, child care and early education programs, parents, and advocates are celebrating the Week of the Young Child. This week, designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is a time to celebrate the joy of young children in our lives, focus public attention on their needs, and honor the importance of the people and programs that care for and educate them.

View a listing of events and activities that are taking place this week in Wisconsin here!

For early education professionals
For this one week we invite you to focus on the positives in this profession:
• Identify the aspects of your program that you believe demonstrate quality and celebrate them.
• Engage in self reflection: What brought you to this work? What keeps you here? How is your work making a difference in the lives of children and families with whom you build community?
• Share some of your positive energy with others! Express appreciation to those you work with; plan a special FUN project with the kids; bring families into your celebrations; get involved in a community WOYC activity with friends and colleagues…
• Re-commit to making this a better profession by engaging in one advocacy activity.
• Set aside this week your anxieties about what lies ahead in terms of implementation of YoungStar and whether or not you’ll have the resources to do what it takes to meet your goals. We’ll work on this together over the coming year; we’ll celebrate successes and confront barriers together.

For parents: What you should know about early educators

• It takes more than good intentions to provide good care; young children count on their caregivers to understand their development, provide playful learning opportunities, establish trusting relationships, and keep them safe.
• The early learning experiences offered to your child now can lay the foundation for future success in school and beyond. Research shows that the education and retention of early childhood educators influences the quality of care offered to your child.
• Child care is among the lowest paid jobs in our country. Low wages contribute to high turnover of staff and lower quality care.
• Take time now and throughout the year to appreciate your child’s teacher(s).

Week of the Young Child 2010 was a Success!

This year, we kicked off the 2010 Week of the Young Child (WOYC) with a special concert event with Ella Jenkins in Milwaukee. Over 200 people were able to enjoy and interact with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner and “First Lady of the Children’s Folk Song.” Make sure to check out pictures from the event on our facebook page! The event was made possible in partnership with Milwaukee Public Library Books2Go and with generous sponsorship by Time Warner.

Midway through the WOYC, Celebrate Children Foundation hosted an online giving challenge. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Celebrate Children Day Giving Challenge, which took place from April 14th-16th, 2010. It was a wonderful celebration of the early education field and a great way increase giving to organizations that focus on Birth to Five early learning issues in Wisconsin. This year, the first of the event, almost $21,000 was raised in celebration of young children.

What did you do to celebrate this year’s WOYC? Add your pictures to our facebook page or tell your story below. We love to hear from you!

Celebrate Children Day Donations are Still Being Accepted!

GREAT NEWS! Generous sponsors of the Celebrate Children Day Giving Challenge have offered to extend the donation deadline to 11:59 pm on Friday, April 16th, giving you 2 MORE DAYS to join in! And, in order to help our participating organizations earn the challenge funds, the match will be provided as follows:

* When the total reaches $5,000 in donations, the pool will earn $5,000.
* After that, donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to an additional $10,000.

All monies raised will be split equally between 7 early education organizations. Show your support for high-quality early education by making a one-time donation. And don’t forget to spread the word- help support WECA and several other organizations who are dedicated to the field. A gift of just $10 helps us to meet the match requirement. Please consider giving at any amount you are able. Thank you so much for supporting Birth to Five early learning in Wisconsin!

Get Ready to Donate Today for Celebrate Children Day!

Power up your computer and get ready for an online giving challenge sponsored by the Celebrate Children Foundation (CCF). The 24-hour web-only fundraiser begins today, April 14th at 8 am CST and runs through Thursday, April 15th at 8 am CST. Celebrate Children Day hopes to increase giving to organizations that focus on Birth to Five early learning issues in Wisconsin.

Held during the Week of the Young Child, the goal is to spread awareness and to raise as much money as possible for the following seven statewide organizations:

-Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

-Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

-Supporting Families Together Association

-Parents Plus, Inc.

-Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health

-Partnership for Wisconsin’s Economic Success

-Celebrate Children Foundation

All monies raised will be split equally between these organizations. Show your support for high-quality early education by making a one-time donation. And don’t forget to spread the word- help support WECA and several other organizations who are dedicated to the field.