May Update
May 2014
PlayinNewsPlay in the News

Since Hanna Rosin's excellent article "The Overprotected Kid" appeared in
The Atlantic, there has been a lot of media attention paid to adventure playgrounds. A couple of examples:


To keep abreast of all the news, the Alliance has compiled a list of recent articles, interviews, and videos on play, risk, and adventure playgrounds.   

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EventsUpcoming Events

* June 29 is International Mud Day. Children and early childhood professionals all over the world will be celebrating nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy!

* July 12 at Stanford University, California: The Bing Institute will sponsor a Play Symposium. The day-long event will will focus on the essential role of play for learning, growth, and well-being. Alliance co-founder Joan Almon will be one of three presenters.

RecentArticlesRecent Videos, Articles, and Publications

* Joan Almon gave a talk at Wellesley College on May 4. The topic was "Encouraging Adventure: Redefining Success to Include Risk." The talk can be viewed here.

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

* 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.

Don't forget! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

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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