March Update
March 2014
EventsUpcoming Events

* March 26 in Greens Farms, Connecticut: Alliance co-founder and Director of Programs Joan Almon will be speaking on "The Power of Play" at the Greens Farms Academy. The talk is free and open to the public. Read more here.

* March 27 in Newtown, Connecticut: Joan Almon will lead a storytelling and puppetry event for children and families at the Resiliency Center.

* April 10 in St. Cloud, Minnesota: Joan Almon will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 MNAFEE Family & Early Childhood Education Conference. Her talk is entitled "Strengthening Children's Play-based Learning: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator."

April 10-13: The ACEI Global Summit will be held in Vancouver. Working in partnership with ACEI on the Decade for Childhood program, Alliance executive director Linda Rhoads will lead a session on leadership and advocacy. She will also co-facilitate a plenary program to engage participants in action planning based on ideas gleaned from the summit.

* May 7 in Chicago: Inspiring Nature Play in Spaces Large and Small. Registration is now open for this workshop, sponsored by our friends in the Alliance for Early Childhood, together with Chicago Wilderness and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Joan Almon will give the keynote speech.

PlayinNewsPlay in the News

* Does outdoor play increase intelligence? The San Jose Mercury News ran a great article about the cognitive benefits of outdoor play. Read it here.

Our friends at Pop-Up Adventure Play are on tour, bringing play across the country. Take a look at the itinerary to see if there's a site near you! 

ScreenFreeWeekScreen-Free Week is May 5-11

Turn off entertainment screens, and turn on life!
Visit the Screen-Free Week website to see how to get involved.

RecentArticlesRecent Articles and Publications

* Adventure: The value of risk in children's play. This booklet, written by Alliance co-founder Joan Almon, explores why children need adventurous play and how they learn to assess risk.


* Now available: a German translation of Facing the Screen Dilemma, the guide to managing screen time for young children published by the Alliance, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and TRUCE.    


* A Research-Based Case for Recess, authored by Olga S. Jarrett, documents the importance of recess, which has been severely cut back in recent years.


We invite you to keep up with media coverage of issues affecting children by visiting our Facebook page regularly. You'll find many interesting articles from around the country and the world.
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