For Immediate Release
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NAfME Joins in Celebrating NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™
From Music Monday to Family Friday, there is something for everyone
RESTON, VA. (April 11, 2016) – Starting today, tens of thousands of children will participate in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child™ (April 11-15, 2016) events across the country. NAEYC, the world’s largest early childhood education association, sponsors this annual celebration to raise awareness about the importance of quality early education. As a poll by the First Five Years Fund showed in 2014, 71 percent of voters support greater federal investments in early childhood education.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts organizations, is proud to join in the celebration, as we believe in the power of music in the education of young children from the beginning.
NAfME is helping to support the Week of the Young Child by spreading the word about the importance of early education, particularly as it pertains to music learning. NAEYC has created a theme for each day of the week allowing children and adults to celebrate, create unique events and share the importance of early learning. Themed days include: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday.
It is important for young children to learn about and have positive experiences with music. NAfME is pleased the Week of the Young Child will focus on this area. This follows a mutual support that started with a project in 2000 called “Start the Music,” which included resources for teachers to bring music into the preschool classroom in a meaningful way. NAfME is working with NAEYC to update this resource.
NAEYC wants to see children across the country being their most creative, learning, and having fun. NAfME believes in the critical role music has in precisely those areas for the youngest of children. Share pictures and stories about Week of the Young Child activities on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16.
National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the voice of music education in the United States.