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The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play. 

Forest Kindergartens: A Multicultural Perspective

In Scandinavian countries, the notion of “child-centeredness” pervades early childhood education. This means that each child’s personality, temperament, and unique developmental path are acknowledged and appreciated, and that teachers are responsible for creating a space that accommodates differences.

How Play Connects to Learning

Play is an important part of children's learning and development. Find articles on how to intentionally connect play and learning, ideas to share with families, and the latest research about learning and play.

Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

Kindergarten Readiness

Bellevue School District's Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines 

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.

The Importance of Play

The way a child wants to play is often very different from the way his parents want him to. The child, however, knows best.

Positive Discipline based, research backed, parent tested

Positive Discipline based, research backed, parent tested.

Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better

Childhood is not a dress rehearsal for adulthood, nor is it a race. It is a separate, unique, and very special phase of life. And I’m afraid that we’re essentially wiping it out of existence due to a misguided belief that earlier is better.

The Danish Way

What the happiest people in the world know about raising confident, capable kids

Balanced and Barefoot

Brain Rules for Baby

What you do right now—before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years—will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.

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