Week of the Young Child™

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning. Families depend on the high-quality early care and education that helps young children get a great start and brings lasting benefits to Maine.  

MaineAEYC is sponsoring free Week of the Young Child™ festivals in April 2019.

Families with young children are invited to come enjoy these free community events and connect with educators and legislators.

York County Week of the Young Child™

The York County Early Childhood Coalition presents a free family festival. Families with young children come enjoy art activities, refreshments, a concert with Rob Duquette at 3:00, and take-home gift bags…while they last!

The York County Early Childhood Coalition presents a family day at the Meetinghouse Museum. Enjoy art activities and a family friendly tour of the museum. Visit the exhibition of children’s art work.

Waterville Week of the Young Child™

Educare Central Maine in partnership with Parent Ambassadors, Kennebec Behavioral Health, and the George J. Mitchell school presents a celebration and learning opportunity to support parent and community understanding of the social and emotional development of young children.

Portland Week of the Young Child™

10am Gather at the middle parking lot of East End Beach. Look for the Week of the Young Child banner. Costumes welcome. The first 150 children at the parade will receive a Starting Strong t-shirt. Parade and families to the East End Community School

11am East End Community School. Children’s Concert with with Rob Duquette. Activities, photobooth, prizes, free books, healthy snacks, and helpful resources.

*Shuttle bus back to East End Beach parking lot following the festival. In case of inclement weather, please meet at school.

Bangor Week of the Young Child™

The Maine Discovery Museum in partnership with Food and Medicine presents a family festival, free with voucher! Fun activities for children 8 years and under & goodie bags for the first 150 families!

Vouchers will be available starting April 15th at the Maine Discovery Museum. Limited supplies, available while they last. Pick up your voucher anytime up to and on the day of the event at the Maine Discovery Museum. (They will also be available at the Earth Day event in Pickering Square.)



April 6th, 1:30-4:00pm, Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk ME 04043


April 20th, 10am-1pm, Meetinghouse Museum, 938 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090


April 10th, 5:00-7:00pm, Educare Central Maine, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville, ME 04901


April 27th, 10AM-12pm, East End Community School, 195 North St, Portland, ME 04101


April 27th, 2:00-4:00pm, Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401


Early Childhood Day at the statehouse

Children’s activities, snacks, early childhood policy information, awards for Children’s Champions, and opportunities for educators and parents to connect with legislators and tour the State House.


June 5, 2019



Stay tuned for more information!




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