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Throughout April, DCAEYC will be celebrating the 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.

Event Highlight
Tuesdays at 8pm on DCTV

This five-part series, produced in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, will address a topic that’s critical to families, employers and early childhood education

professionals: making child care work better for everyone.


Find more information, including episode descriptions, at

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. For full details,  descriptions,  and registration links, click on the virutal field trip or in-person event names below.

Artsy Thursday, April 6:

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Art Play and Learn

Work Together Wednesday, April 12:

10:00 am - 11:00 am

STEMearly: Storybook Problem Solving 

Artsy Thursday, April 20:

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Art with Ms. Aprile Hill

Music Monday, April 24:

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Marsha and the Positrons

Artsy Thursday, April 27:

Activity Resource: Replicate This!

TP Roll Butterflies from PBS Kids


Friday, April 28th




Virtual Field Trip and Event 

Descriptions and Registration

Monay April 3

Wolf Trap: Moving and Learning Through the Rainforest

Monday, April 3  |  10:00 am - 10:30 am

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Virtual Field Trip

Adults and children will take an imaginary journey to a rainforest, where they can explore a variety of animals and natural elements, and learn about the importance of protecting this unique forest environment and other ecosystems.

Click here to join this Virtual Field Trip on Monday, April 3 at 10:00 am

TuesdayApril 4

FoodPrints: DIY Salad Bar

Tuesday, April 4 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

In-Person Event

During this session the students are the chefs and have the agency to choose what goes into their salads and their bodies.


Each student will get a few ingredients to add to their personal salad. We'll also prepare a dressing on the spot that students will help shake up and massage into their bowl of leaves. In addition to the ingredients students prepare individually, we'll also have some other toppings available.

Replicate This!

Recreate your own DIY Salad Bar using FoodPrints' Colorful Kale Salad as a starting point. Click here for the recipe card.

Wednesday April 5


Wednesday, April 5 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

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Virtual Field Trip

¡Hagamos un viaje imaginario para ver qué está creciendo en el jardín! María guiará a los niños y las familias a través de experiencias de movimiento que brindan una oportunidad interactiva de experimentar la literatura infantil y el mundo que los rodea.

Click here to join this Virtual Field Trip on Wednesday, April 5 at 10:00 am

Thursday April 6

Art Play and Learn: Lions, Tigers & Bears Sculptures - Oh MY!

Thursday, April 6 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

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In-Person Event

STEAM has never been so fun as when we explore animals and then make a paper statue animal of our own, using some recycled materials.

Audience: It is best for kids 3-8 but with enough adult support younger kids can also do a shorter version of it.

Try this out in any setting. For a list of materials and directions click here.

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Friday April 7

PBS Kids Family Night

Friday, April 7 

Activity Resource: Replicate This! 

Grab the popcorn and enjoy Family Night with PBS Kids from 7 to 9 pm, a weekly family fun evening watching, playing and learning with your child’s favorite PBS KIDS characters. Click here to stream.  When preparing for the night, don’t forget to print the downloadable movie tickets to enhance the experience!

Monday April 10

Inspired Child - Magpie: Sense of Wonder

Monday, April 10 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

In-Person Event

Magpie -Sense of Wonder: Internationally renowned singers, songwriters and performers Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner, a.k.a. Magpie, bring a musical celebration of the natural world, singing songs that exalt the Earth and the many fauna and flora we share her with, from the great whales in the oceans to the squirrels in your backyard.  Terry and Greg are masters at getting young audiences to join in the singing as well as moving in their seats using signs and gestures. The very singable songs and choruses will teach some environmental lessons as well as offering some things children can do to protect our planet, some basic actions they can take and choices they can make. 

Sense of Wonder is inspired by the great writer and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose remarkable book by the same title encouraged parents and teachers of young children to cultivate curiosity, marvel, and a spirit of inquiry in them by energizing and nurturing their innate affection for animals, trees, flowers and other living things. Ms. Carson called it “…a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” Fostering this love of the natural world in as many of our children as we can is one way we can promote an environmental ethos that will help to protect our Earth.  And music can help.

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Tuesday April 11

Snack and Storytime with Martha's Table

Tuesday, April 11 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

DCAEYC visits Martha's Table for Snack and Storytime. First we're reading "Foodie Faces" by Bill and Claire Wurtzel. We'll then make our own"Foodie Faces" with different fruits and vegetables. Click here for information to replicate this activity.

Wednesday April 12

STEMEarly: StoryBook Problem Solving

Wednesday, April 12| 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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In-Person Event

In STEM in Six, is a curriculum where students will explore 6 STEM-based lessons with 2 challenges each.  This STEM curriculum helps teachers support students as they put science and math into action through inquiry and the engineering design process. The curriculum documents will guide you through creating inquiry & play-based STEM instruction that encourages learners to think critically.  Whether students engage in one lesson or all six, they will build their social-emotional and problem-solving skills.

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Thursday April 13

NAEYC Blog: "What's the harm if I paint my arm?"

Thursday, April 13

Activity Resource: Replicate This!

What we consider ‘messy’ is a learning opportunity for children to use their senses. In this article, you will find exciting and new ways to incorporate everyday art materials to enhance children’s senses. Click here to get started

Friday April 14

 Positive Chalk DC: Playing with Chalk

Friday, April 14


Activity Resource: Replicate This!

Positive Chalk DC's mission is to create brave spaces for children and families to imagine their communities in new ways, inspire positive change and develop the language necessary to advocate for themselves and their communities. Playing with sidewalk chalk can help children work on fine motor skills, encourage self-expression and develop recognition, sorting and matching skills to prepare them for school. Chalk activities and games also foster interpersonal social skills.

Click here for Chalk Play Ideas from Positive Chalk DC.

Monday April 17

Mama Sylvia - Coyaba Theater

Monday, April 17 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

In-Person Event

Mama Sylvia Soumah of Coyaba Dance Theater will showcase the majesty of West African drumming and rhythms. The music will dazzle the energy and senses of young children and their teachers. 

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Tuesday April 18

Tasty Tuesday with DCAEYC: Healthy Habits Begin with One Bite

Tuesday, April 18 | 10:00 am - 10:45 am

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In-Person Event

Tasty Snacks can be healthy and 100 natural. Storytime will feature the book, Just Try One Bite by Adam Mansbach (Author), Camila Alves McConaughey (Author), and Mike Boldt (Illustrator)

After reading, children will have the opportunity to respond to the story while enjoying a healthy snack of carrots and oranges.

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Wednesday April 19

NAEYC Article: "Playing Around with Number Composition - Games, Stories, and Everyday Problem Solving in the Preschool Classroom

Wednesday, April 19

Activity Resource: Replicate This!

Get inspired when children not only understand something new about their mathematical worlds, but also when they choose to use this new knowledge in their play! You can build upon children’s capacity for number composition and decomposition through engaging games and stories and authentic and meaningful experiences. Click here to get started.

Thursday April 20

Draw a Flower Garden with Ms. Aprile Hill

Thursday, April 20 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Virtual Field Trip

In this Virtual Field Trip, Ms. April Hill will show us how to use paper and marker to create Spring flowers. 

Materials Needed: Construction Paper, Black Sharpie, Glue stick, and scissors.

Click here to register in advance for this Virtual Field Trip.

Friday April 21

Project Learning Tree: Home Tweet Home

Friday, April 21


Activity Resource: Replicate This!

“The Home Tweet Home activity contains learning experiences for families, childcare providers, and teachers to help children ages 1–6 discover how plants and animals depend on trees.  A free, abridged version of the Home Tweet Home activity can be found here.


The full version of the Home Tweet Home activity plus 11 other activities (and 250+ learning experiences) are included in Project Learning Tree’s Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children resource.” 

Additional sample Project Learning Tree activities can be found here.

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Monday April 24

Marsha and the Positrons

Monday, April 24 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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In-Person Event

Marsha and the Positrons is a DC-based kindie (kids + indie) band that plays fun songs about science and how the world works with positive social messages!

Marsha and the Positrons shows are playful, educational, and entertaining for kids and grown-
ups! Led by former cognitive neuroscientist, Marsha Goodman-Wood, they play clever original

songs mixing science facts with messages about kindness and friendship. Their 2018 album,
Positronic, won a prestigious Parents' Choice Foundation Gold Award and a 2019 National
Parenting Products Award. Both Positronic and their first album, Gravity Vacation, have won a
number of other songwriting awards as well. They also have a new album coming in 2023!
Marsha and the Positrons always bring their positive energy and playfulness to the stage.
Expect an interactive show where audiences can sing & dance along and make fun memories
experiencing the joy of live music!

IC Tuesday April 25

Inspired Child - Natasha Mirny:  Alphabetisimo! Educational Interactive Shadow Theater Show

Tuesday, April 25 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

In-Person Event

Where do words and letters go, after we say them, do you know? Some of them turn into shadows and dance and play in my House of Light!

This is the story of a secret House of Light, where Letters and Words live, play and create stories. Shadow letters turn into shadow characters, shadow characters come out of a shadow house and turn into flat puppets. What do we do, if A -angel falls asleep and its W-wings fly away? Angel and Boy and we all will go on a journey to find the Wings. Together we will  run, jump, learn some pantomime moves, recall the alphabet and use our imagination to turn letters into character! And of course we will find the wings, and in the end tired and happy Letters will return home and… fall asleep: Z-Z-Z-Z...

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Snap Tuesday April 25

Snap Ed MyPlate Nutrition Lesson with Ms. Cassidy

Tuesday, April 25 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

In-Person Event

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 make healthy food choices moving forward. Join us to create a fun, healthy snack!

Registration to be a host site for Month of the Young Child in-person events have closed. 

Wednesday April 26

ChronicleBooks: Let's Play Activity Kit

Wednesday, April 26

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Activity Resource: Replicate This!

Whether it's indoors or outdoors, hiding and finding things can make for a fun play time. This printable Let’s Play Activity Kit will help you get started when creating an enjoyable scavenger hunt experience for children. Happy Hunting!! Click here to get started.

Thursday April 27

TP Roll Butterflies from PBS Kids

Thursday, April 27


Activity Idea:  Replicate This!

During this fun hands on activity, children can make beautiful spring butterflies out of recycled toilet paper rolls! Click here to get started.

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2023 DC Early Educator Experience

Friday, April 28


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

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