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.


Student Affiliate Dinner
6 – 9 p.m., Thursday, April 14
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA 15601

The guest speaker is Stacey Bess, author and educator, best known for Nobody Don’t Love Nobody, which was made into the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Beyond the Blackboard. The event is co-hosted by the Seton Hill Education Club and PAEYC.

Homewood Early Learning Block Party
12 p.m., Saturday, April 16
7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

PAEYC celebrates Homewood’s children and those who provide care. Say hello to local firefighters, visit the Storymobile, build nature habitats with Pittsburgh Parks and meet friendly pets from the Animal Rescue League.

Annual PAEYC Celebration Dinner
4:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 20
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

Bedtime STOry ROX
1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, April 24
Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136

Preschoolers put on your PJs and slippers and join us for milk & cookies while spending the afternoon in the IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND, listening to STORYTELLERS, participating in fun ARTS & CRAFTS activities, and so MUCH MORE! Fruit drinks, water, milk, fruit and cookies will be provided.

Ultimate Play Day
1 p.m., Saturday, April 30
East Liberty Park, 100 Larimer Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

An opportunity for the Pittsburgh community to come together in a centralized location to engage in and learn about play. Several Pittsburgh-area organizations will host various play stations to provide a holistic model of innovative and creative play. Activities may include nature play with natural loose-parts play materials (small logs, rocks, acorns), game creation from recycled materials, storytelling, hula hoop play, and drum circles. Come on out and play with us!