Advocacy Events

Advocacy shines a light on the needs of young children and their families and introduces them to the early childhood programs and services available in the local community.

FLAEYC participates in several major advocacy events annually, each of which is designed to celebrate and involve children from each chapter’s local community.

 

Florida’s 2020 Children’s Weekhttps://childrensweek.org/
January 26-31, 2020

A special annual celebration filled with joyful singing voices of young children, the colorful “Hanging of Hands”, and the dedication of thousands of child advocates across Florida, captures the true spirit and commitment Florida has made to our children and youth.

 

NAEYC Public Policy Forum 2020
February 23-25, 2020

Now is the time to start planning for attending the upcoming 2020 Public Policy Forum!  2020 is an election year and also an exciting and challenging for our own state policy work. FLAEYC encourages member advocates to come together to sharpen our skills for the critical state, federal, and electoral advocacy work ahead, as we build our networks, and strengthen our relationships with our peers and elected officials on Capitol Hill.

This year’s NAEYC Public Policy Forum will be held from Sunday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 25 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, located at 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA (same as last year). The hotel is five minutes from Reagan National Airport and has easy access to the Hill.

Watch for more information on this exciting opportunity on this website and through FLAEYC Newsletters and Face Book posts.

 

“No Small Matter” Movie Screenings
Contact FLAEYC at info@flaeyc.org for more information.

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

 

The Week of the Young Child –
April 13-17, 2020

The Week of the Young Child is an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The first Week of the Young Child was held in 1971, to focus on the fact that early childhood – specifically from birth to 8 years – is a critical time to create a strong foundation for success in life. The event aims to bring together the local, regional, and national communities to better address the needs of all young children and their families.

The Week of the Young Child acknowledges that it is our responsibility to provide all children with the opportunities they require early in life. Today’s world makes it more challenging than ever to give the youngest children the tools and skills to shape their development. The Week of the Child focuses attention on what we can all do to help.

Each day of the week is designated with a theme, but local communities are encouraged to create their own events, activities, and sessions.

Get Social! Participants are encouraged to share their events, photos, and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #WOYC20.

The themes by day are as follows:

Music Monday: Studies have shown that music cultivates language and early literacy skills, and encourages healthy movement through dance.

Tasty Tuesday: Cooking with kids helps them to develop math, literacy, and science skills. Creating recipes and cooking meals also provides an excellent opportunity to promote healthy eating habits. (Plus, you’ll love eating your creations!)

Work Together Wednesday: This day is set aside to build something as a team, which develops social and early literacy skills. Build a fort with pillows or a tower of blocks – do it as a team!

Artsy Thursday: Creativity, social, and fine motor skills are all cultivated when children use their imagination to create art. PRovide your kids with any material, and allow their natural creativity to shine. Don’t forget to share their creations on social media!

Family Friday: Spend time as a family, doing something you all enjoy. The main goal is to be present with one another and leave the distractions of your busy life behind.

Need Inspiration?

Visit the NAEYC Resources Page for great ideas and ways to celebrate the Week of the Child.

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