The West Steps: The importance of play in early childhood

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 31, 2023

What can policymakers do to make sure kids have time for play in early childhood? It’s an important question as Colorado begins to set quality standards for child care providers and school districts participating in its Universal Preschool Program. 

This week on The West Steps, we hear from current and former early childhood educators Lauren Corboy, our Early Childhood Policy Analyst; Ben Collinsworth of Emily Meschter Early Learning Center; and Chelsea Eneix of The Goddard School. Lauren, Ben, and Chelsea define play and discuss its benefits, describe what play looks like in their classrooms, and share what they believe policymakers must do to ensure that play time is prioritized. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit