Week of the Young Child
April as Month of the Young Child
Although Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is celebrated nationally on April 14-20, 2013 this year, Georgians celebrate the Month of the Young Child (MOYC) throughout April. Join the celebration with special events in your program and display yellow ribbons signifying young children as Georgia's "Ray of Hope."
2013 Theme: Early Years Are Learning Years
Added to the sub-themes is Strengthening Families. For more on sub-themes visit www.naeyc.org
2013 Proclamation Signing
Governor Nathan Deal will again help GAYC and other state leaders kick-off the month long celebration by signing a proclamation declaring April as "Month of the Young Child".
The 2013 photo will be posted as soon as the signing occurs in April 2013
Statewide MOYC Calendar
The 2013 MOYC Calendar Entry Request Form is available for download below. Submit your MOYC activity for our statewide MOYC Calendar. Entries can be activities you do in your program or community events.
Thank-you Ayanna Hawkins, GAYC WOYC Chair for compiling the statewide MOYC Calendar.
For national publicity materials, free logos and a WOYC Tool Kit including sample ideas and how to's which you can adapt for your program visit www.naeyc.org
Attached below is a PDF MOYC PowerPoint presentation. If you would like to update and add some of your own pictures to highlight MOYC activities in your area, please contact the GAYC Office and we will send you the original to adapt.
Download below the MOYC Fact Sheet (pages 1 and 2)
Thank-you to Georgia's Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) PEACHPartners for support of promotional materials and training scholarship for Month of the Young Child.
April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month
The 30 Ways to Strengthen Families April 2013 Calendar (download below) and a 2013 Resource Guide are available at links below. These materials are available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, via its Child Welfare Information Gateway and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. The guide contains resources to promote community awareness of the Strengrhening Families Protective Factors that can help families protect children from the risk of child abuse and neglect, including tip sheets for parents in English and Spanish.
April is National Autism Awareness Month
More children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. In Georgia, one in 98 children will be born with an ASD. The Marcus Autism Center website has a listing of several local and national events and activities aimed at raising awareness and funds to support vital research and treatment.
To learn more visit Autism Society website: http://support.autism-society.org/site/DocServer/new_brochure.pdf?docID=21644 general informational booklet
CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html