Celebrating the Week of the Young Child™
Celebrating the Week of the Young Child™
Posted on 04/07/2019
Purple Awareness Ribbon for WOYC

The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MIAEYC) is committed to improving the education and well-being of young children.  To increase awareness and promote the importance of early childhood education, MIAEYC has dedicated the week of April 8th as Week of the Young Child ™.  This annual celebration, hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.  The purpose of the Week 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. NAEYC encourages us to use this as 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.  To learn more about MIAEYC, NAEYC and Week of the Young Child, visit

Utica Community School’s Community Education, Early Childhood Programs are offering purple ribbon pins to registered families and other staff members who wish to show their support for early childhood education.   If you do not have a child in a program, but would like to show your support, you can pick up a purple ribbon at the UCS Administrative Services Center, Community Education Center or Duncan Early Childhood Center. 

We believe that early childhood education provides the foundation for a successful academic future.  Providing young children with high-quality early learning opportunities successfully prepares them for academic success as they traverse through their primary years, into their secondary education and on to their adult futures. This is backed by research and well documented evidence in the field.   When compared to students who did not attend a high-quality program or had no preschool experience at all, studies show that children who participate in high quality preschool programs have life-long outcomes, including:

  • Higher levels of social acceptance, greater empathy for others, more positive attitudes, and a better ability to self-regulate behavior
  • Higher test scores on standardized math testing
  • Less likely to display chronic absenteeism
  • Higher rates of high school completion, college enrollment and even earnings

We offer early childhood programming for children as young as six weeks through five years old. Each of our early childhood programs promote early learning and socialization through engagement in developmentally appropriate activities that build social, emotional, cognitive, gross and fine motor skills. Every classroom is designed to meet the needs of that particular age group, in a safe, comfortable learning environment. Our highly qualified teachers utilize “Creative Curriculum”, a research-based curriculum that encompasses a variety of engaging learning strategies and educational benchmarks.  

The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners, independent, self-confident and inquisitive. We're teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives.  
Teachers use a variety of evaluation and assessment tools to ensure children are ready to move on to the next educational level.  Additionally, each of our early childhood educators must adhere to strict licensing standards and educational requirements set forth by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

To learn more about our Early Childhood Programs, follow us on Facebook @ucsearlychildhood and visit our website at:  To register, call 586-797-4660 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. ###