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 sharon@tryingtogether.org.

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 info@tryingtogether.org.

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.

Continue reading below to learn how we celebrated the Month of the Young Child virtually.

 


 

Continuing the Celebration

To celebrate the Month of the Young Child virtually, Trying Together developed several opportunities for community members to participate from home, including the following:

Social Media

1. Take a few minutes to “shout out” or give “props” to an early care and education professional or program on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram:

    • make sure to tag their account (if possible);
    • share personal stories and pictures; and
    • include the hashtags #MOYC2020 and #TryingTogether to ensure other participants can view your story!
    • Example: I’d like to say thank you to @amymiller for the wonderful work she’s been doing for the past four months to support my child’s learning and healthy development! My child still can’t stop talking about the caterpillar craft he did last month! 🐛🦋 #TryingTogether #MOYC2020

2. Consider sharing your personal story as a parent, caregiver, or early care and education professional on social media using the hashtags #MyStory and #MOYC2020.

    • Take this time to reflect on your experiences during 2019-20 and highlight the stories that make you smile, laugh, or feel proud. The Month of the Young Child is a time of celebration and there is no better way to celebrate than by connecting with each other through our stories.

3. Take a trip back in time by scrolling or looking through old early childhood pictures, whether they are of yourself or a loved one.

    • Think back to that moment and cherish the memory of that time. You can also take this time to reflect on the growth of that young person.
    • If interested, find one or a few photos that stand out to you and share them on social media using the hashtags #MyStory and #MOYC2020. Take this opportunity to share a fond memory with others!

Telephone or Email

1. If you have their phone number or email, contact your favorite early learning professionals and let them know how much you appreciate the work they do every day to support young children, parents, caregivers, and the workforce.

    • Consider making a goal early in the month of how many educators you’d like to contact before the end of April and share it out social media using the hashtags #SendingThanks and #MOYC2020.
    • Example: As an early learning professional, I’m celebrating #MOYC2020 by #SendingThanks to three early learning professionals to highlight how their work has inspired and helped me in my day-to-day interactions with young children. Will you join me? 📞💌

Celebrate Yourself

1. Find ways to unwind and celebrate yourself this month.

    • Cook your favorite meal, watch something that makes you laugh, or try out that new online relaxation class you’ve been talking about. The opportunities are endless!
    • Whatever action you take, share out how you’re celebrating you during the Month of the Young Child by using the hashtags #CelebrateMe and #MOYC2020 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Look through the threat to see how other educators are celebrating for new ideas!
    • Example: For #MOYC2020, I’m choosing to #CelebrateMe by dedicating 20 minutes of my day to reading books that I’m interested in. Adventure, sci-fi, maybe some poetry. Let’s see where this journey goes! #TryingTogether

2. Host a Zoom or online meeting with a small group of your fellow early learning professionals and share what you’re proud of accomplishing over the last year.

    • This can include creative lesson ideas, situations that you handled well, or even new teaching techniques to name a few! Take this time to celebrate your own and each other’s successes.
    • If you plan on sharing about it on social media, use the hashtags #CelebrateMe, #MOYC2020, or #TryingTogether.

Advocate for Early Childhood

It’s critical now more than ever to continue to advocate for high-quality early childhood experiences. The Public Policy team at Trying Together put together some interactive opportunities where educators and families were able to connect and share their stories. Additionally, there were virtual activities and lessons from other Trying Together staff that coincided with Week of the Young Child (WOYC) themes.

Continue reading below to learn ways community members advocated for early childhood in April.

1. Advocate for high-quality early learning and celebrate yourself through daily themes featured during the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child (WOYC).

    • Music Monday (April 13, 2020): Join fellow early learning professionals, families, and community members in celebrating music and early literacy on #MusicMonday. Share a picture or video of your favorite music-based children’s activity and highlight why music and early literacy matter to you! Use the hashtags #MusicMonday, #WOYC, and #MOYC2020 to join the thread!
    • Tasty Tuesday (April 14, 2020): Join the early childhood community in celebrating the ways that health, science, nutrition, and fitness fuel the early learning community. Share a picture of your favorite experiment, lesson, or exercise to do with your young child using the hashtags #TastyTuesday, #WOYC, and #MOYC2020.
    • Work Together Wednesday (April 15, 2020): Join us in celebrating Work Together Wednesday by submitting your child care story to Trying Together via email at info@tryingtogether.org. Throughout the month, we will be highlighting submitted stories on Trying Together’s social media platforms using the hashtags #MOYC2020 and #MyStory!
    • Artsy Thursday (April 16, 2020): Creativity, social, and fine-motor skills – art does it all! Join the early childhood community in celebrating art by hosting a “virtual class!” Record a short video walkthrough of your favorite art activity and share it on social media using the hashtags #ArtsyThursday, #WOYC, and #MOYC2020!

2. America Votes for Early Ed

3. Complete the 2020 U.S. Census

    • The Constitution requires every person in the United States to be counted—including adults, children, babies, citizens, immigrants, and visitors. It’s critical that we count all kids to ensure communities receive the funding they need to support all children, families, and caregivers. Join us on Census Day on April 1, 2020! Learn more here.

More Information

For questions, please contact Trying Together at info@tryingtogether.org.

 


 

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Annual Celebration Dinner Group Photo 2019