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Play – Not Preschool Bootcamp!

A visitor to this website gave me permission to share her comment…

“I have been in the early childhood field for over 30 years. I have seen the pendulum swing back and forth. However I have always provided developmentally appropriate curriculum for the children in my care. That also includes Uninterrupted time to play and explore. This Big Push for government preschool is frightening to me as an early childhood professional. Children need time to be children… The commercials that say your child has a better chance of staying out of prison if you let preschools train them are absolutely ridiculous. Parents need to be their child’s first teacher. And if they are not, then we need to educate the parents — not put the child in preschool boot camp! I do not believe it takes a village to raise a child. It takes parents!!! ~Olga Anders

I agree with you, and so do many childhood experts. In fact, on December 6, 2005, the Alliance for Childhood released a statement signed by over 60 experts in child development, pediatrics, and mental health condemning the increasing trend toward academic curriuclum in preschools and kindergartens. Signers of the statement included Howard Gardner, Ph.D., T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Jane Healy, Ph.D., Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, Alfie Kohn, and many more. Jane Almon, the president of the Alliance said, “Research and experience suggest that today’s children will not develop as well cognitively, socially, or emotionally as those whose childhoods were rich with play.”

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