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Throughout April, DCAEYC will be celebrating Month of the Young Child, a fun-filled month celebrating early educators and young children. As part of our celebration, we'll be hosting virtual field trips and in-person events centered around the following themes:

Music Monday: When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop their language and early literacy skills while being active and encouraging movement.

Tasty Tuesday: Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. It can also encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom.

Work Together Wednesday: When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.

Artsy Thursday: Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

Family Friday: Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. DCAEYC applauds family members' role as young children's first and most important teachers.

Month of the Young Child Calendar

To stay on top of all our events, download a pdf version our Month of the Young Child calendar (updated 3/22/22). For full details,  descriptions,  and registration links, click on the virutal field trip or in-person event names below.

 

Work Together Wednesday, April 27:

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Chair Yoga with Trish

 

Friday, April 29th

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Virtual Field Trip and Event 

Descriptions and Registration

 

Mr. Derby Jams!

Monday, April 25  |  10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Audience: All Audiences

Mr. Derby provides a live musical performance featuring original and conventional children’s songs to Go Go and Caribbean beats. Mr. Derby is strong enough for adults but made for children.

Register in advance here to join us on Zoom.

 

Learn more about Mr. Derby Jams! and our other Month of the Young Child partners.

 

Dramatic Solutions: I Got Kind Magic, What About You?

Monday, April 25 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Audience: Children and Educators

This fun online session explores how active and cooperative storytelling and drama strategies can support social and emotional learning for early childhood education. The interactive approach empowers the students to engage, retain and transfer information. The activities will help educators engage their students with tools they can use in their curricula or modules that make learning more exciting and act as a strong vehicle for social and emotional learning and academic enrichment. 

Register in advance here to join us on Zoom.

 

Learn more about Dramatic Solutions and our other Month of the Young Child partners.

 

Snap Ed DC: MyPlate

Tuesday, April 26 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am

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Audience: Children

UDC SNAP-Ed presents a MyPlate Nutrition Lesson with Ms. Cassidy. This lesson will introduce MyPlate and the five food groups in a kid-friendly way. Participants will walk away with a new healthy snack option and ways to help them make healthy food choices moving forward. 

Register in advance here to join us on Zoom.

 

Learn more about Snap Ed DC and our other Month of the Young Child partners.

Snack and Storytime with Martha's Table

Tuesday, April 26 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Audience: Children

Join us as Martha's Table leads us in making an afternoon snack with frozen banana ice cream and avocado toast, followed by a tasty story time! 

Register in advance here to join us on Zoom.

 

Learn more about Martha's Table and our other Month of the Young Child partners.

 

Chair Yoga with Trish

Wednesday, April 27 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cobra Pose

Audience: Educators

This 60 minutes all-level yoga class will bring you into a rejuvenated and refreshed mindset for the rest of the school year.  Any or no experience welcome.

Register in advance here to join us on Zoom.

 

2022 DC Early Educator Experience

Friday, April 29

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Join DCAEYC and other early childhood education partners for the 2022 DC Early Educator Experience. This exciting free and virtual event connects early childhood educators who work in the District of Columbia for a full day of learning, networking, advocacy and celebration. Learn more and register at dcearlyedx.org.