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Let’s Celebrate Week of Young Child!

WOYC 2021 is April 10 – 16

WOYC is an annual week long celebration of young children with hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art spearheaded by MaineAEYC in Maine. Through our partnership with MaineAEYC, FCCAM encourages Maine’ family child care providers to join in the celebration.

Let’s start with decorating the front doors of our child care programs! We can raise awareness, celebrate children, and bring families, businesses, schools, and child care programs together by decorating doors across the state of Maine. The idea for decorating front doors came about at a York County Early Childhood Coalition meeting around WOYC ’21. Mardi Gras this year was celebrated by decorating homes vs floats and FCCAM’s representative at this meeting raised the idea of programs decorating their entrances/program site since there was not going to be the in person celebrations for WOYC this year.

So please join FCCAM and MaineAEYC in transforming your front door into a colorful display of support for young children and early educators. Have your children and/or students help with the process. Post pictures of your decorated front doors on social media by tagging @MaineAEYC, @FCCAM and using the hashtag #WOYC2021.  You can also encourage your families to join the celebration by decorating their doors and sharing.

Looking for ideas? Check out our WOYC 2021 Pinterest Board.

You can download and include Week of the Young Child 50th Anniversary Signs as part of your decoration: 
Black and White

Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize and celebrate quality early learning experiences and all the benefits they offer. Let’s join our peers across early childhood education and showcase the learning experiences and activities children participate in within our child care programs.

Providers are invited to submit thier activity/project ideas to MaineAEYC by March 31st. Selected activities/projects will be highlight on their social media and e-news! As family child care providers we invite you to also send to FCCAM PLC, so we can share on our social media and website.

Activity ideas are for:

  • Music Monday
  • Tasty Tuesday
  • Work together Wednesday
  • Artsy Thursday
  • Family Friday!  

Submission checklist:

  • Step by step directions – so that others can easily recreate your activity
  • Materials List
  • Photograph (optional, with permission for any children pictured).
  • 1 or 2 ideas to extend the learning/play, MELDS




FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.