Month of the Young Child

First established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1971, the Week of the Young Child is an opportunity 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.

Over the years, with growing interest and focus, Trying Together designated the entire month of April as the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). MOYC is a time to plan how we will better meet the needs of all young children, families, caregivers, and early care and education professionals.



Event Updates

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Allegheny County and Pennsylvania, Trying Together cancelled or postponed all of our in-person events through April 30, 2020. While disappointed, Trying Together made this decision because we value the health and wellbeing of our staff and the communities we serve.

Rather, Trying Together celebrated the Month of the Young Child (MOYC) virtually! Continue reading below for information about event cancellations, postponements, and virtual adaptations.

Annual Celebration Dinner (Cancelled)

Originally scheduled to take place at Heinz Field on Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Annual Celebration Dinner convenes local early childhood professionals and organizations to celebrate the work of early childhood. Guests of this event enjoy dinner, a photo booth, prizes, and more.

While we are disappointed that this year’s event had to be cancelled, Trying Together made this decision because we value your health and ours. We instead invite you to keep your registration and meet us one year from now on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Heinz Field so we may celebrate and honor you, your work, and our partnership together.

If you have already purchased a table or ticket, we will hold your reservation for next year. However, if you require other arrangements, please let us know by contacting Sharon Seitam at

Men As Nurturers Symposium (Postponed)

Originally scheduled to take place at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center on Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Men As Nurturers Symposium highlights strategies that male caregivers can use to model and engage in positive social and emotional relationships with the young children they care for and educate. The Symposium is a free professional development event that includes focus groups, panel discussions, hands-on activities, PQAS credit/Act 48 hours, and more.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Men As Nurturers Symposium has been postponed until a later date. Trying Together and Duquesne University will be providing more information once event details are finalized. For questions, please contact Trying Together at

Month of the Young Child (Virtual)

This is a difficult time for everyone, including young children, parents, caregivers, and early care and education professionals. However, now, more than ever, individuals and stakeholders around the country are discussing the important roles that child care and other early learning programs play in society as schools close, families adjust to new routines, and essential workers remain in the workforce. For this reason, it is a great time to use our voices to support the work of early childhood.

Although Trying Together cancelled our in-person events for April, we invited community members to celebrate the Month of the Young Child with us virtually. By doing so, community members and activists continued to honor and recognize the important work that early care and education professionals provide to support the success of not only our young children but also our nation.



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Annual Celebration Dinner Group Photo 2019