Week of the Young Child – Celebrations throughout Maine


The Maine Association of the Education of Young Children (MaineAEYC) asks our state to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child (April 24-28, 2017).  As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, Maine is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

MaineAEYC is sponsoring four Week of the Young Child™ festivals. They are all free community events for families of young children.

Saturday, April 22nd, 10am-12pm

East End School

195 North St, Portland, ME 04101

Friday, April 28th, 4-6pm

Educare Central Maine

56 Drummond Ave, Waterville, ME 04901

Saturday, April 29th, 10:30-12:00pm

Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit Meetinghouse

938 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

Saturday, April 29th, 9am-12pm

Bloomfield Elementary School

140 Academy Circle, Skowhegan, ME

Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Maine.  Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

For more information send a message (tara@maineaeyc.org) or call (202-657-2861) Tara Williams.


Webinar: Stepping Into the Outdoor Classroom

Check out this fantastic webinar on March 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Stepping Into the Outdoor Classroom
We will explore the journey Unity Sprouts is taking to expand our nature based program. We started with a summer outdoor program and we have expanded to a full day, full year program. We have brought nature into our classrooms and moved most of the classroom routine to the outdoor setting. I will share tips, lessons learned, successes and challenges we are working on.
Jill Barnes, Lead teacher/Site Supervisor, Unity Sprouts
I have worked for Broadreach Family & Community Services for 16 years.
I have had many roles as Lead Teacher, Mentor Teacher, Numeracy Coach and Site Supervisor.
Two summers ago, I had the pleasure of piloting our first Unity Sprouts nature based classroom. I grew up on a family dairy farm and as a child spent most of my time outdoors. I love to garden and have large vegetable and flower gardens. Register at this link: