Thank you to all our partners for hosting special events during Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Many families and childcare centers in Oak Park and River Forest took time to celebrate throughout the last week of April. We were able to capture some celebrations in person and by partners using #OPRFWOYC.

Week of the Young Child celebrations at Oak Park Friends School

Community celebrations took place at Buzz CaféDynamic Lynks, Easterseals, Kindermusik Oak Park, INTUIT Dance, Magical Minds Studio, Oak-Leyden Developmental Services, Parenthesis, Now a Program of New Moms, Oak Park Public LibraryRiver Forest Public Library and Wonder Works Children’s Museum. Oak Park Public Library and River Forest Public Library provided reading suggestions for the week based on the theme each day. There were also activities for parents to do at home each day to encourage parents to be their child’s first teacher.

Tasty Tuesday Parent Workshop at Parenthesis, Now a Program of New Moms. Parents learned meal prep tricks from Chef Renee Gabbett.

If you missed the celebration, the at-home activity ideas and book recommendations are still up on our website. If you are looking to get out to a program or event with your child visit our Event Calendar for families. We look forward to celebrating with everyone again in 2018!