April is widely recognized as the Month of the Young Child. This effort was introduced by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each year the CEC plans month long events on the campus of Grand Valley State University to celebrate and advocate for young children.
Since 2007, this event has grown in depth and presentation, and is greatly anticipated by the University and surrounding community. MOYC was created and continues to be promoted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, in an effort to support early childhood growth and development. Some of our annual events during this month include, a fundraiser for the CEC Student Family Endowment, purple ribbons to garnish trees across campus (Purple Ribbon Campaign), University wide Read-A-Thon and partnerships with other departments to facilitate Brown Bags / learning labs for families informing them of the economic benefits of quality early care and education. In short, April is vital for the edification of others about issues that impact the lives of young children and families.
For three years now, this celebration culminates with a showing of child inspired art for the purposes of education and advocacy.
All Month of the Young Child events are designed to inspire action and present awareness about relevant issues impacting young children and families. In addition, we hope to cause critical reflection as we consider GVSU student parents and issues related to barriers to their post-secondary completion.