ERIC Number: ED485734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
The Importance of Play: Children from Birth to Five: A Statement of First Principles on Early Education for Educators and Policymakers
Alliance for Childhood
The long term benefits of play in early childhood development are emphasized. The current focus on academics and teaching children to ready at an early age may be detrimental to children's long term ability if early failure is the result. Recent research confirms that early cognitive development is inextricably linked with physical, emotional, and social development. All grow out of early relationships with family and care-givers. Relationships with parents are of primary importance. Nine principles for early learning are provided, along with five guidelines for early childhood education policy.
Descriptors: Young Children
Alliance for Childhood, PO 444, College Park, MD 20741. Tel. and fax: 301-779-1033; e-mail email@example.com.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Childhood, College Park, MD.