Week of the Young Child 2024

children running

During the national Week of the Young Child™ event, communities across the country celebrate their youngest learners. In local celebrations across OUR state, Idahoans raise awareness about the unique needs of young learners and celebrate everyone who makes a difference in their lives.

Throughout the Week of the Young Child, we are working to promote and inspire high-quality early childhood experiences for our state’s youngest citizens that can provide a foundation of learning and success. Therefore, Mayors across our state are issuing proclamations of Week of the Young Child! This year, along with the State of Idaho, these cities proclaimed April 6 through April 12, 2024 as the Week of the Young Child:







Coeur d'Alene








Garden City







April 8, 2024: Music Monday

Children playing instruments
Music Monday is more than singing and dancing, it’s a way to encourage children to be active while developing their early literacy skills and having fun with friends and family! Idaho AEYC partnered with Music for Kiddos a high-quality children’s music resources for music therapists & music educators to provide FREE downloadable songs and activities for families in Idaho!

April 9, 2024: Tasty Tuesday

Children cooking with their mother
Tasty Tuesday isn’t just about eating your favorite snacks together. It’s also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles. Idaho AEYC provides families with free resources and snack ideas, elevating their Tasty Tuesday to Michelin Star status!

April 10, 2024: Work Together Wednesday

Child and parent high five
When children work together (or with a trusted adult) to create something or solve a task, they experience teamwork, work on their problem-solving, and develop social and early literacy skills! Idaho AEYC presents exciting activities for families to embark on together, empowering them to reach new heights as a team!

April 11, 2024: Artsy Thursday

Children doing art
Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. Idaho AEYC offers free activities for families inviting everyone to unleash their inner artist!

April 12, 2024: Family Friday

Family outside looking at something in a tree
Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. Idaho AEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. To celebrate, Idaho AEYC offers free outdoor scavenger hunts for families to do together!