Week of the Young Child

Join us for Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash on March 2 at the Capital Mall in Jefferson City. This fun-filled event is free for all families with preschool children!


'Fox in Socks' Sock Drive


Exceptional Educator Award

Nominate your child's teacher for the Exceptional Educator Award by March 14 for his/her incredible dedication to young learners! 


We are so excited about all of the fun activities and events planned for Week of the Young Child! The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsosred by the National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young families, their teachers and families. This event is brought to our community by the United Way of Central Missouri's Early Childhood Initiative. 


Ribbon Cutting

We will kick-off Week of the Young Child with a Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Monday, April 8 at Cole East Head Start, 605 Cherry Street, at 9:30 am. Join us as we begin our week-long celebration of our youngest learners!


Week of the Young Child Themes of the Week

Plan Dr. Seuss activities for your center/program to go along with the daily Dr. Seuss themes of the week! See resources below:

  • April 8: Seussical Musical Monday
  • April 9: Munch & Crunch Tasty Bunch Tuesday
  • April 10: 1 Book, 2 Book, Red Book, Blue Book Wednesday
  • April 11: Dot to Dot & 1, 2, 3! Artsy Thursday for You & Me!
  • April 12: Hip Hip Hooray! Work & Play, it's Family Day Friday!


Resources, Activities & More


Brought to you by

United Way of Central Missouri is grateful to the Early Childhood Advisory Board for coordinating the schedule of events to make it a fun experience for children, childcare centers and families. Advisory Board members include:

  • Central Missouri Community Action/Head Start
  • Jefferson City Area YMCA Child Development Center
  • Kids Unlimited
  • Little Explorers Discovery Center
  • Parents-As-Teachers
  • Pumpkin Patch Preschool & Childcare, LLC
  • Show Me Child Care Center
  • Southwest Early Childhood Center
  • Special Learning Center - Crayon Kids
  • United Way of Central Missouri.