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In Defense of Play: What Will it Take to Get Parents, Teachers, and Lawmakers...

The first time I taught a course on play, I used the term Play Defenders. I told my students, as future early childhood educators, they would have to become Play Defenders. It might be...

How the Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census Would Harm Children

The U.S. Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation’s population every 10 years, which is critical to establishing equal government representation and identifying where to allocate federal spending and resources for millions of...
Recess Is More Than Play

Recess Is More Than Just Child’s Play

Recess is in distress. That all-important chance to refresh mind and body in the middle of a stressful school day is in danger of disappearing. In a full school week, third graders in American public...

West Virginia Event Highlights Need to Put Kids First in Federal Budget

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published at the Children’s Budget Coalition website.  What does it look like to make children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions? KidsFest 2017, an annual community...
Make Believe Important

Why Make-Believe Play Is an Important Part of Child Development

Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part of early childhood. And beyond being fun for kids, pretending...
Primitive Reflexes

How Retained Primitives Could Affect Learning Disabilities

We are all born with primitive reflexes. Their presence is critical to the survival of the infant. They serve as the training wheels for the brain early on in the infancy and show that...

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