The National Association for Education of Young Children holds an annual celebration of young children, their families, educators, and other caregivers. We use this opportunity to reflect on and recognize the hard work that is parenting and educating young children. While we provide opportunities throughout participating communities to celebrate the Week of the Young Child each year, our main contributions are in the recognition of educators. Each year we recognize educators through parent, family, community, or peer nominations and share the words of support and thanks.

Our Spotlight County: Hamilton County, Indiana

Hamilton County Indiana has supported the Week fo the Young Child since 2018. We are thankful for the contributions of our leaders in recognizing and joining in the celebrations of our young children and their families, educators, and care givers.

A special thank you to Mayor Scott Fadness of Fishers, Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, and Mayor John Ditslear of Noblesville for officially signing proclamations celebrating the 2019 Week of the Young Child.

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What is the Week of the Young Child? Learn more here.

What is the role of the Alliance? We made a commitment to our community to continually seek the proclamations from local mayors, as always we work on behalf of children, their educators, their families, and others who love them.

What's going on during the Week of the Young Child? We are SUPER excited that our awesome team has been busy planning. Keep up to date with our events and register for events with participation limits below!

Monday April 8th:

Earn your Movement Monday badge from the Hamilton East Public Library

Enjoy the Early Learning Art Show with samples of Early Childhood Art from preschools throughout Hamilton County - this will be open to the public at Geist Christian Church on Promise Road in Fishers, Indiana. See details here ELAN Young Artists Show 2019


Tuesday April 9th: 

Earn your Tasty Tuesday badge from the Hamilton East Public Library

Enjoy the Early Learning Art Show with samples of Early Childhood Art from preschools throughout Hamilton County - this will be open to the public at Geist Christian Church on Promise Road in Fishers, Indiana.

Special Guest Delivers Teacher Recognitions - nominate your teachers ASAP for recognition HERE


Wednesday April 10th: 

Earn your Work Together Wednesday badge from the Hamilton East Public Library

Enjoy the Early Learning Art Show with samples of Early Childhood Art from preschools throughout Hamilton County - this will be open to the public at Geist Christian Church on Promise Road in Fishers, Indiana.

Family Yoga, 12-12:30 with Jessica Vince, Hosted by Kid Fit (and Kiddie Academy) Sign up quickly space is limited:


Thursday April 11th: 

Earn your Artsy Thursday badge from the Hamilton East Public Library

Enjoy the Early Learning Art Show with samples of Early Childhood Art from preschools throughout Hamilton County - this will be open to the public at Geist Christian Church on Promise Road in Fishers, Indiana.

Parent Empowerment Workshop at the Urban Chalkboard, 10-11am. ELAN will present "Parents and Preschool: Key Considerations when Choosing a Quality Program." Participants will be invited on an interactive tour of the Urban Chalkboard with a first-hand look at play based learning and what to look for in a high quality preschool environment. Participants can also browse an amazing selection of Usborne books after the workshop. Registration is required and you can register here.

Kid's Concert with Mr. Daniel 9-10:30am at Roy G.  Holland Park (1 Park Dr. Fishers, IN 46038) - thank you to Fishers Parks and Recreation for providing Kettle Corn from the Fishers Farmers Market vendor and take home activities for kids! *rain will move us indoors which means space will be limited! 


Friday April 12th:

Earn your Family Friday badge from the Hamilton East Public Library

Enjoy the Early Learning Art Show with samples of Early Childhood Art from preschools throughout Hamilton County - this will be open to the public at Geist Christian Church on Promise Road in Fishers, Indiana.

PreK Prom - 6-7:30pm at Saxony Hall - registration is here and is required!