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, PAEYC designated the entire month of April as the Month of the Young Child. During this month it is a time to plan how we – as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation – will better meet the needs of all young children and their families, and it is a time to recognize the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences for all young children. Children develop best through caring relationships and with opportunities to learn through active exploration and play. 

Here are some ways you can celebrate during April and the rest of the year:

  • Give the gift of gratitude! Thank teachers, parents and caregivers.
  • Visit your local library.
  • Support local, state and federal initiatives.
  • Know a 5 year old? Register her for kindergarten for the upcoming fall.
  • Check our calendar for local events and come out to support them during the month of April.
  • Have your voice heard! Contact your legislators and share your thoughts about the importance of early childhood education.


Digital Lunch and PLAY
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, April 1
Urban Innovation 21 Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, STE 135 B, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Come to lunch to reconnect, play with connected products and conductive materials, and offer feedback. This will be a station-style meal! Each station has a connected product or conductive material to play with while you build your lunch.


Raising Readers
5:45 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 5
Willie T's Barbershop, 7205 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15208

5:45 - 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, April 6 and 13
Homewood Early Learning Hub, 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15208 

Parents and children are invited to join the Homewood Early Learning Hub team for storytime, discussion, dinner, activities, and more.

For questions, contact Cynthia or Will at 412-421-3889. Share with your networks using this flyer.


Story Hike: In A Nut Shell
10 - 11: 30 a.m., Sunday, April 9
Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217

Come explore the life cycle of a tree during this story hike for young learners. We will find a quiet spot in the woods to read In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony, before going for a short hike and playing an interactive scavenger hunt game. Registration is required for this event.


Annual PAEYC Celebration Dinner
4:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 12
Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

PAEYC honors child care providers and the important work they do daily. Great fun, dinner (kosher meals available), drinks and dessert provided. For details, please contact Sharon at To register, please visit: This year's keynote speaker will be Candi Castleberry Singleton, Founder & Chair of the Power of &.


Buzzword: Talk & Play
6 - 7 p.m., Thursday, April 20 & 27
Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Buzzword Pittsburgh was created to excite children and families as they discover the words that are all around them. Play and talk with educators from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Pittsburgh Festival Opera (formerly Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) at these events which are free for learners ages five and under, with their caregivers. Dinner will be provided. Registration is not required for this event.


Earth Day
6 - 9 p.m., Friday, April 21
Falls Ravine Shelter, Frick Parking Lot, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217

Community Campfire for all ages.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m., April 22
Frick Park and Frick Environmental Center

Volunteer clean-up, nature walks and hikes, concerts, and more! 


Homewood Early Learning HUB Block Party
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22
7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15208

The Homewood Early Learning HUB Block Party will take place 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 in the block at 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15208. Children’s activities, food, and resources plus a special performance by Anqwenique Wingfield will be offered at this annual family favorite. 

Also joining PAEYC will be Jeremiah’s Place, celebrating its Third Birthday as Pittsburgh’s only crisis nursery.

The event is FREE and open to the public, no registration is required. A FREE bus will provide transportation at 4 p.m. to Frick Earth Day events as well. Share with your networks using this flyer.


Ultimate Play Day
1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, April 30
Allegheny Commons East Park, 300 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Ultimate Play Day is a celebration of playfulness for people of all ages. Hosted by the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, the event is an opportunity for people from throughout the Pittsburgh region to play together and raise awareness of the benefits of play for everyone- from birth to 199 yrs.

This year, the 5th Annual Ultimate Play Day will be held at Allegheny Commons East Park on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1-4 PM.  Member organizations of the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and community partners will come together to provide a holistic model of innovative and creative play.  Playful activities will spark conversations about topics including play and learning, risk in play, the benefits of play, and how we can incorporate play into our lives and the lives of our children every day. Featured activities are carefully selected as ones that can be replicated at home, in classrooms, and at neighborhood parks.

The event is free and open to the public, no registration is required. Share with your networks using this flyer.