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Throughout April, DCAEYC will be celebrating Month of the Young Child, a fun-filled month celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. As part of our celebration, we'll be hosting activities 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.

To stay on top of all our events, download our Month of the Young Child calendar found here. Full details, event description, and activity registration links can be found below.

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Support Our Supply Drive for DCAEYC Members in Liberia, West Africa

In collaboration with Discount School Supply, DCAEYC is hosting a Month of the Young Child supply drive to collect high-quality supplies for our DCAEYC members in Libera. There are two ways to contribute:

  1. Visit discountschoolsupply.com/moyc-liberia and purchase supplies you'd like to donate. Discount School Supply will then send us the supplies for shipment to Liberia. For full instructions on what to enter during check-out click here

  2. Donate gently used teacher education materials such as textbooks, periodicals or journals. Email Kathy Hollowell-Makle at executivedirector@dcaeyc.org to coordinate pickup or drop-off.

 

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please email Kathy Hollowell-Makle at executivedirector@dcaeyc.org.

Month of the Young Child Calendar of Events

To stay on top of all our events, download a pdf version our Month of the Young Child calendar (updated 4/22). For full details,  descriptions,  registration links (if needed), click on the event or activity name.

Looking for an activity in the mornings?

Join the DC Public Library for Virtual Story Time every day at 10:30am!

 

Music Monday, April 19th:

11 am - Music Monday with Natti Arts

 

Work Together Wednesday, April 21st:

10am - Junior Urban Foresters in the City

7 pm - Family Yoga

Family Friday, April 23rd:

Activity Idea: Explore the Great Outdoors!

 

Tasty Tuesday, April 20th

1 pm - Directors' Nook

 

Work Together Wednesday, April 28th

7 pm - Early Educator Appreciation Day Yoga Session

 

Friday, April 30th

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Event Descriptions and Registration

 

Music Monday with Natti Arts

Music Monday

April 19th

11am

Audience: Children, educators, and parents

It’s Music Monday, which means it’s time to move to the beat! Natti Arts uses multicultural music to engage young children and educators in this interactive session that incorporates physical movement, early literacy, and pre-math concepts while promoting healthy physical activity. 

 

To join us, please register in advance here.

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Directors Nook

Tasty Tuesday

April 20th

1pm

Audience: Center Directors

This meeting is designed for DCAEYC members who are early childhood directors. Join us in a safe place to meet, share, and discuss topics related to our work and any additional interests.

 

Register here.

 

Junior Urban Foresters in the City

Work Together Wednesday

April 21st

10am

Audience: Children, Parents, and Educators

Join Casey Trees for an Earth Day celebration and learn about trees and the importance of the urban forest! Their Youth Programs Coordinator will discuss the diversity of trees, what trees provide for DC, and how you can get a tree at your home or school. This program is appropriate for children ages 3-8 and their family members.

 

Did you miss this event on April 21st?  Watch our Zoom recording at any time here

Other programs from Casey Trees:

Their RiverSmart Homes program provides free, professional tree installation at your residence. Learn more here.

 

Their community tree plantings are suspended due to COVID-19. Once they resume school tree plantings, learn more about how and where they plant.

 

 

Family Yoga

Work Together Wednesday

April 21st

7pm EST

Audience: Parents, Children, and Educators

Yoga is a fun activity for the whole family. It releases tension while bonding with each other. Join in this interactive session to learn breathing and relaxation techniques that you can use at home anytime. All families are welcome! 

 

Click here to register.

 

Draw Sunflowers Like Vincent Van Gogh with Ms. Hill

Artsy Thursday

April 22nd

11am

Audience: Children, and Educators

Children engage in creative art-making by using their hands and imagination during this art session. If children would like to participate along with Ms. Hill, crayons, paints or markers, and paper are suggested.

 

To join us, please register in advance here:

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Activity Idea: Explore the Great Outdoors!

Family Friday

April 23rd

In today’s entertainment-driven world, exploring the outdoors is an opportunity for children to actively engage in learning. For steps you can take to guide children's exploration of the great outdoors, read NAEYC's article on the subject here.

 

Music Monday with Wolf Trap: Sing, Dance, and Play Across the USA

Music Monday

April 26th

2pm

Audience: Children, Educators, and Parents/Caregivers

Wincey Terry-Bryant, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist, takes children on an imaginary journey overland, through the air, and across the water as she uses music and movement to explore sites across the United States! Enjoy learning together as you share an active experience of singing, moving, and make-believe.

To join us, please register in advance here:

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Activity Idea: Plant Seeds and Watch Them Grow!

Tasty Tuesday

April 27th

It’s never too early to educate children on the origins of their favorite fruits and vegetables. Carrots, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries are relatively easy to grow and relatively low maintenance. You can start the seeds in cups or find a sunny spot outside and plant them there. Count the seeds with the children and look at pictures of a plant’s life cycle. Talk about what children can expect as the plants grow. Encourage them to make predictions. Provide opportunities for children to water and observe the plants. Sample them as they grow.

 

Find additional resources here.

 

Early Educator Appreciation Day Yoga Session

Work Together Wednesday

April 28th

7pm

It’s all about early educators today! Early educators make lasting contributions to the education of young children and their families. We want to highlight and honor your work. Let us take care of you with a yoga session, surprise giveaways, and more!

 

To join us, please register in advance here:

 

Sip and Create with Ms. Hill

Artsy Thursday

April 29th

12pm

Join us for an Artsy Thursday Event with Ms. Hill. All you need is paper, crayons or markers and your imagination. Sit back, relax and create your own masterpiece.

To join us, please register in advance here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Activity Idea: Take a Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Work Together Wednesday

April 29th

7pm

Take a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History through narrated virtual tours of various exhibits. Check out some currently available tours here. Don’t forget to draw and write after children’s observations!

 

2021 DC Early Educator Experience

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April 30th

Join DCAEYC and other early childhood education partners for the 2021 DC Early Educator Experience. This exciting new event ― to be held virtually this year ― 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.