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2014 Month of the Young Child

The Month of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates. The purpose of the Month of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

2014 Month of the Young Child Brochure

Calendar of Events

Month of April: Story Times for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Location: All 26 DC Public Library Locations

Time: Times vary - Mornings

Details: For children ages birth to 5 years of age. Story Time is designed to introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities that match the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Admission is free!

For more information: [email protected] or (202) 727-2313

April 14, 15, or 17: 2014 Infant And Toddler Conference

Location: Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center

800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 

Time: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Details: Register to attend the first Infant and Toddler Conference in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

This exciting and interactive conference will feature:

  • Nationally acclaimed speakers, presenters and authors
  • The Head Start Infant/Toddler Framework
  • Early identification, intervention and support services
  • The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
  • Theatrical performances and other interactive play
  • Hands-on interactive exhibits
  • Education scholarships and training programs
  • Receive 9 professional development clock hours
  • A contest to win a fully furnished Infant and/or Toddler class for your center
  • Free admission & lunch

Saturday, April 5: Special Performance By Susan Priester, Storyteller

Location: Sitar Arts Center

700 Kalorama Rd, NW, Suite 101 Washington, DC 20009

Time: 10 am - 11 am

Details: Susan Priester loves to tell stories and entertain children, so she is delighted to be working with Sitar Arts Center once again during the Month of the Young Child, to bring to life fun and colorful stories. This performance is specifically tailored to an audience 6 years and younger. Space is limited and admission is free!

RSVP to Trisha at (202) 797-2145 or [email protected].

Saturday, April 5: Member Appreciation Breakfast

Location: Bus Boys and Poets

1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Time: 9 am - 11 am

Details: Registration is required.

Tuesday through Friday, April 8 - 11: The Child In You! Early Learning Expedition

Location: Carousel on the National Mall 
(In front of the Arts and industries Building)

900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Details: Join fellow early childhood educators as we embark on a cultural and educational journey through Washington, DC. Be inspired by the local sights and sounds and learn how to incorporate the DC Common Core Early Learning Standards in field experiences with young children! Sign-up for one day and receive 7 Professional Learning Units and free lunch. 

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Partners: Washington Youth Garden, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Rock Creek Park, Imagination Stage, National Zoo and more!

Admission is free, on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, contact Patricia Irby at [email protected] or (202) 727-8124
 or contact Diane Mason at [email protected] or (202) 727-8118.

Thursday, April 10: Workshop on Child Development

Location: Centronia

1420 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Time: 4 pm - 5 pm

Details: This workshop is for parents to get the facts and tools they need to start conversations with their children about making healthy decisions and preventing diseases. Admission is free!

For more information, call (202) 332-4200 ext. 1029.

Friday, April 11: Pinwheels Fair

Location: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

3rd Floor, Grand Hall - Side A

810 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Details:  Please come join us at the Pinwheels Fair in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness month. The pinwheel symbolizes hope and promise that every child will be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment. At this event, there will be a session held on child abuse awareness. You will not leave empty handed, there will be handouts, giveaways, refreshments, and prizes provided for all who attend. Admission is free!

Saturday, April 12: Teacher Recognition Luncheon

Location: Clyde’s of Gallery Place (Piedmont Room),

707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Time: 12 pm - 2 pm

Details: Registration is required.

Saturday, April 12: Strong Start Playgroup

Location: Martha’s Table

2114 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Time: 9 am - 11:30 am

Details: Please note: this event is not a training for continuing education units.

The Strong Start Play group will host a special open house event for families of children ages 12 months to 3 years of age. Our theme, “Play: Where Learning Begins” will be explored through a series of activity stations designed to engage children and their caregivers as they develop skills across the developmental domains.
Registration is requested and admission is free!

Saturday, April 19: Tots-to-Teens Expo

Location: DC Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20009

Time: 10 am - 6 pm

Details: The 2014 Tots-to-Teens Expo is educational, entertaining and fun for the entire family. Experience and compare services from hundreds of area vendors whose focus is on providing solutions for families in the DC Metro area. Stop by the OSSE booth for great tips on preparing early learners for success in school and life! Admission is free!

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) with the support of The DC Department of Health (DOH).

For more information visit thebetterfamily.com.

Monday, April 21: African American Family Celebration at The National Zoo

Location: The National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Details: At this year’s multicultural tradition, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and more family-friendly fun. Talk with Smithsonian scientists, who will share their work with such African animals as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper. Admission is free!

Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26: Inspiring Spaces for Young Children

Location: The University of the District of Columbia Early Child Leadership Institute

1834 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Time: text

Details: Lecturer: Belinda Costins, Educational Director for the Children’s Discovery Center.

Friday Public Lecture: 6 pm – 8 pm, Building 41 – Room A04

Saturday Workshop: 9 am – 3 pm, Building 41 – Room A04

Admission is free!

Saturday & Sunday April 26 & 27: USA Science And Engineering Festival

Location: DC Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place Washington, DC 20009

Time: 9 am - 6 pm

Details: Celebrate Science and Engineering in Washington DC with leading science celebrities, hands-on activities, live performances, a book fair, a career pavilion and many special events. Meet Bill Nye the Science Guy, shake hands with Benjamin Franklin, and blow some of the biggest bubbles known to man! There will be plenty of experiences for children of all ages! Visit the OSSE booth while you’re there. Admission is free!

For more information visit usasciencefestival.org

Thursday, April 29: OSSE Reads!

Location: DC Child Development Centers & Homes

Details: OSSE staff will read to children at various child development centers and homes across DC to promote early literacy.


April 1 - 30: Teddy Bear Drive

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, OSSE will be hosting a Teddy Bear Drive for the month of April. Bring a bear to show you care!

April 1 - 30: Build A Blue Ribbon Tree For Kids

Blue ribbons displayed on the tree branch are placed in memory of children who were tragically lost at the hands of abusers.

Friday, April 11: Wear Blue To Work Day

Take a stand against child abuse and “Wear Blue To Work Day” Friday, April 11.

Friday, April 24: Spring Cleaning

OSSE encourages child development centers and home to take this day to spring clean and beautify their sites. As we spring forward into a new season of powerful learning.

April 21 - April 25: Oral Health Screening Week

Young children across the District will have an opportunity to receive free oral health screenings, receive oral hygiene giveaways and gain useful helpful information about preventive dental care.

For more information, contact Brenda Harris at [email protected] or (202) 678-0027. 

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