Program Feature: The Critical Importance of Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

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As we enter into an era in the world of education where we see a growing number of early childhood centers and schools replacing playtime with “instructional time,” we turn to research to support our conclusion that play should be present in every classroom of young children. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play is essential to development. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development.” One of our many goals at SLC is to equip teachers, leaders and parents with the research, data and practical methods and techniques needed to incorporate playful learning into their classrooms and homes.

We invite you to join the Rice University School Literacy and Culture team on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as we hold a new fall conference, “The Critical Importance of Play.” We will be hosting teachers, principals, literacy coaches and parents of young children at the Anderson-Clarke Center for a day of interactive sessions and sharing of research-based strategies to integrate intentional play into the lives of our children.

Participants will explore purposeful play’s impact on a young child’s physical, emotional and social development. Attendees will also have an opportunity to select and attend two breakout sessions consisting of various topics such as developmentally appropriate, playful centers in pre-k, kinder and first grade classrooms, parents as children’s play partners and the neuroscience behind executive functioning and self-regulation that is developed through play.

For more information and to register, please visit our website:

Don’t miss the discount– early registration ends next Friday, September 1!

Milteer, Regina M.; Ginsburg, Kenneth R. [2012] The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond: Focus on Children in Poverty. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Authored by Vanessa Quezada Vierra, Rice University School Literacy & Culture


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