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Month of the Young Child® Focus Weeks

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!

Children’s early years are the foundation for growth and development. Children are constantly developing and learning. What they are learning depends on their social-emotional health, physical health, relationships, and daily interactions and experiences. The MOYC® 2015 Focus Weeks highlight children’s development.

Week 1 April 1 –4 Physical Development
Week 2 April 5 – 11 Social Development
Week 3 April 12 –18 Emotional Development
Week 4 April 19 – 30 Cognitive Development
  The Focus Weeks highlight the domains of children's development – physical, social, emotional and cognitive, recognizing that *:
  • Development occurs in a relatively orderly sequence, with later abilities, skills, and knowledge building on those already acquired;
  • Development proceeds at varying rates from child to child;
  • Early experiences have both cumulative and delayed effects on individual children's development and that optimal periods exist for certain types of development and learning;
  • Development proceeds in predictable directions toward greater complexity, organization and internalization;
  • Development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural contexts;
  • Children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and social experience as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to construct their own understandings of the world around them;
  • Development and learning result from interaction of biological maturation and the environment which includes both the physical and social worlds that children live in;
  • Play is an important vehicle for children's social, emotional, and cognitive development, as well as a reflection of their development;
  • Development advances when children have opportunities to practice newly acquired skills as well as when they experience a challenge just beyond the level of their present mastery;
  • Children demonstrate different modes of knowing and learning, and different ways of representing what they know; and
  • Children develop and learn best in the context of a community where they are safe and valued, their physical needs are met and they feel psychologically secure.