In March 2009 the Alliance’s report, Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School was issued along with a press release for the media and a brief summary that can be reprinted in newsletters and blogs. Please feel free to share these with others.
The report is part of a national campaign to highlight the need for more creative play and hands-on learning in preschool and kindergarten. Many public kindergarten programs are now almost solely focused on formal didactic instruction, and many preschools are moving in the same direction. A number are using scripted teaching in which teachers must follow a set script with frequent inspections to be sure they are adhering to the script.
Meanwhile, time and materials for open-ended play and exploration are disappearing from early childhood classrooms. Yet creative play and experiential learning are essential elements in how young children learn, and their absence has long-term consequences. A first step in this campaign was the issuance of a Call to Action signed by leading educators, health professionals, and others, and a press release linking the Alliance's Call with a report on the importance of play issued in October 2006 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If you would like to be involved in the campaign for sound early education in your community, please contact us.
Fact sheet on kindergarten testing, with advice especially for parents.
A webinar hosted by KaBoom! and featuring the authors of the report was recorded on June 2, 2009. To listen you need to register with your name and email.
Alliance Co-hosts Congressional Briefing