Month of the Young Child

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) in 1971 recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.

Each April, child advocates celebrate the Month of the Young Child. This is a time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and
rights of young children and their families.

The Month of the Young Child is a time to focus on the needs of young children and families and 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.

In Rochester, RAEYC (Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children) will kick off its observation of the Month of the Young Child tonight with a celebration to feature film clips from the upcoming Children's Film Festival, awards and a panel discussion. In addition to a child psychologist and a college professor, I am a part of the panel that will address the topic of media use for children and violence in the media. I am looking very forward to hearing and responding to questions about children and media habits from attendees at tonight's event.

In honor of Month of the Young Child, take a moment to examine the TV, computer and video game habits of your children. Do you know what they are watching? Is it age appropriate? Do you watch TV as a family or with your children? For more information on positive TV viewing habits and media guidelines for children, see information from PBS Parents and The American Academy of Pediatrics.