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1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of Play

Thu March 9, 2017: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

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Across the lifespan, play serves a pivotal role in our development and learning. And while for the most part development unfolds in a predictable and logical set of stages and sequences, there is much we can do through play to ensure happier and healthier children. This webinar will provide a context for seeing the power of play and how it is necessary for success in school and in life. Recommended practices and research on how to support children’s play will be provided.


  • Better understand the importance of play, exploration, and early experiences on development and learning
  • Use common play milestones and states as a guide to scaffold children’s ability to interact with objects and others
  • Analyze and evaluate a child’s current level of development and zone of proximal development when it comes to the stages of play
  • Deepen their commitment to fostering strong relationships with children and help them thrive by expanding the richness and complexity of their play


Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions on her website.

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