Archive of Play Materials
May 8, 2012 Symposium: Giving Young Children the Right Start: Effective Practices for Experiential Learning
In partnership with The Gesell Institute of Child Development and the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Briefing: Rethinking Pre-K and Kindergarten Education
May 28, 2009, Capitol Visitors’ Center, HVC-215, 2pm - 4pm
Spring 2009 Conferences on Play and Playwork.
The Alliance hosted London playworker Penny Wilson in a series of conferences across the country.
A meeting was held in New York City in May 2006 with about 20 individuals deeply interested in playwork. See the New York report.
In May 2006 two training sessions were held at the Park District of Franklin Park, Illinois, near Chicago. See the Chicago report.
We are deeply concerned that current trends in early education, fueled by political pressure, are leading to an emphasis on unproven methods of academic instruction and unreliable standardized testing that can undermine learning and damage young children’s healthy development. See also, Comments from Signers on Call to Action and Call to Action Background and References
October 12, 2006
Too little time for unstructured play leads to increased stress for children and parents and may be linked to later school failure.
Dec. 6, 2005
A call to end the growing stress and pressure in preschool and kindergarten which are having an ill effect on children.
A statement prepared for members of Congress and signed by leading educators and health professionals.
Joan Almon takes a look at the world our children live in and what we can do to support healthy childhood.