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ERIC Number: EJ945690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Purposeful Play Leads to School Readiness
Gilbert, Jaesook L.; Harte, Helene Arbouet; Patrick, Carol
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v39 n1 p29-37 2011
Initiatives such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) reflect America's recent emphasis on literacy and educational accountability. Policymakers have a heightened interest in educating children earlier and fostering brain growth, in part due to the increased awareness of research on brain development and the importance of the early years on learning. As a result, teachers and families often feel pressured to help children be ready for school, but may not be clear on what to do or how to do it. This article assists families, teachers, and community partners by explaining the connections between purposeful play--including interactions, relationships, and learning during early childhood years--and school readiness. (Contains 2 resources and 1 online resource.)
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Community; Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A