The West Steps: The importance of play in early childhood
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.