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Protecting play? Three great new resources!

In our current world, play has gotten squeezed out of our lives and has become a four letter word. Helping to spread the word about the importance of play is a major part of Empowered by Play’s mission.  I am thrilled to report that this week I received three wonderful emails with new resources that [...]

The good, the bad and the Common Core Standards

I am back from Boston and the MassAEYC conference and have had time to think about some of the points David Elkind made in his keynote address. Dr. Elkind is the author of many respected books, such as The Hurried Child, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk and most recently, The Power of Play.  [...]

Agents of change

Today I write about two unique opportunities. Your voice can help make this country a better place for children and play. First, as I’ve written recently, the Common Core Standards are now available for public comment at (until April 2nd). The current draft for kindergarten includes:

“Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to [...]

Empowered by People

It is easy to feel small and powerless when corporations like Disney bully and try to silence watchdogs and advocates such as Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (see story in yesterday’s NY Times). The small staff at CCFC works tirelessly on a small annual budget of $250,000, protecting childhood from corporate encroachment, yet have been [...]

Alliance for Childhood’s Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health and Education Professionals

You know something is wrong when a kindergartner asks: “Mom, can I retire from school?”

Kindergarten has traditionally been a wonderful world of discovery and playful learning. It has been a place where young children grow in their independence, form relationships outside the family circle, and learn about the world around them in a thoughtful [...]