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Early Childhood Day at the State House

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


April 18, 2018
9 - 11 am


Hall of Flags in the State House


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 six Week of the Young Child™ festivals in April 2018. Families with young children are invited to come enjoy these free community events and connect with educators and legislators.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.


April 21
Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit, Wells
10 am - 1 pm
children’s art show and art activities

April 27
Educare Central Maine, Waterville
3:30 - 6 pm
community festival with puppeteer, food, and fun

April 28

Mallett Elementary School, Farmington
10 am - 12 pm
children’s activities, snacks, and live music

April 28
Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk
10 am - 1 pm
children’s art activities and family concert

April 28
East End Beach and Community School, Portland
10 am - 12 pm
parade starting at the East End Beach with festival immediately following at the East End Community School

April 28
Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor
2 - 4 pm
community festival with special activities for young children


Early Childhood Workshop

Making Sense of Aggression

Facilitated by Laina Clugston, M.A. Laina works at Bowdoin College Children’s Center where she is a lead teacher in the Infant and Toddler Programs. Laina is active in the Center’s staff development and provides support, mentoring and training. She lives in South Freeport, Maine and is formerly from the Washington D.C. area, where she served on the faculty of Acorn Hill Waldorf Nursery and Kindergarten as a Parent Child/Infant and Toddler teacher. In addition to her Waldorf/Pikler training, Laina is a Simplicity Parenting Coach, student of Jungian psychology, and is currently in the advanced training program at the Neufeld Institute.


Tuesdays, May 22 & 29, June 5 & 12



Bowdoin College Children's Center, Brunswick



Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MaineAEYC meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant or attendee to MaineAEYC’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant’s or attendee’s image, likeness, and appearance in photographs of such events and activities.