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What’s up at Empowered by Play?

We have been shifting our work to support Defending the Early Years

As Empowered by Play continues to work to protect and promote imaginative play at school and at home, our founder and director Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin has gone back to teaching full-time and is also the director of an important non-profit project called […]

DEYs’ 2nd Annual Organizing Meeting – Friday 11/7 in Dallas, TX


Calling all early childhood activists!!

Are you concerned about the current direction of early childhood education policy in our country?

Are you worried about the lasting negative effects that come from the loss of child-directed, hands-on play?

We are, too! Come learn about DEY’s Action Mini Grants, Mobilization Kit and […]

Screen-Free Week is almost here!

Are you and your family ready to power down your screen entertainment for one week? Screen-Free Week is an annual celebration in which millions of people across the country take an intentional break from the digital world – and turn on the world around them. It is a time for reconnecting with your family, […]

Our own nature playspace!

At Mission Hill School in Boston, Massachusetts, where I teach three and four-year-olds, we are thrilled with the opening of our own new nature playspace. Designed and implemented with a Schoolyard Initiative Grant, we will have our official grand opening in a few weeks – but we are already playing in it.

The other day, […]

Dam it!

My last post was about a terrific new natural play space called Grasshopper Grove. The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time at another natural play space – this one is called the Nature Nook and it is located at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, MA. The Boston Nature Center is […]

Play outside in the new Grasshopper Grove!


Climb, jump, build, create, discover, pretend and grow!Grasshopper Grove makes it all come together in a natural way.

In the Mid-Hudson Valley where I grew up, there is a treasure in Cornwall known as the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. The HHNM just got even more incredible yesterday, with the grand opening of the […]

Screen-Free Week…It’s closer than you think!

You love it, you hate it, and there it is just over the horizon…Screen-Free Week! From April 29th until May 5th folks around the country will be joining in on this annual adventure. Screen-Free Week is designed to help us turn off screen entertainment and turn on the world around us. “Yippee!” you say? Or […]

Consuming Kids Summit 2013 – Coming Soon!

The great folks at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood are hosting their 8th international Consuming Kids Summit: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers, March 21-23 in Boston. The summit is a terrific place to learn from leading experts in the field – and to connect with other advocates. Two of my colleagues from DEY (Defending […]

Back in the game

I have been so busy actually playing with preschoolers, that I haven’t had time to write any blog posts lately. The great news is that in September I returned to the classroom full time – and returned to the wonderful school which I help to start back in 1997. I am the lead teacher for […]

Facing the Screen Dilemma – a fantastic resource for educators!

If you are a teacher, director or administrator in an early childhood program, I highly suggest taking a look at Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education. This free guide is a collaborative effort between the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Alliance for Childhood and Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE).