Preschool Offers Growth Through Play-Based Learning

Maren Petersen-DeGroff, Children's Program coordinator at Parenting Now!, writes how a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based peers can help build the skills that children need to be successful.

Petersen-DeGroff shares that most experts agree upon is that preschoolers learn best when they get plenty of unstructured play time.

Petersen-DeGroff also points out the type of play that is best for toddlers and preschoolers. According to Petersen-DeGroff, "guided, open-ended play, with well-trained adults, shows children how to work toward a shared goal, become sensitive to the needs of others, and communicate their needs and ideas."

Petersen-DeGroff advises that toddlers aren't ready for direct teaching of literacy, math and other knowledge content, but play-based learning materials help children make meaningful connections and understandings of their world. She adds that memory is strengthened through repeated experiences. Read the Entire Article


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Community-Based Learning Gets Official Designation

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus will have a new letter designation coming in the fall about what courses are community-based and what they entail. According to Kate Ksobiech, an...more

Up-Skilling Young People with Skills in Auto Mechanics

Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) is one of Kenya's initiatives that provides alternative opportunities for skills and knowledge transfer where youth can become more competitive in the...more

Home-Delivered Food Boxes Reduced Food Insecurity Among Adults, but Not Children

On an episode of On the Evidence, J.B. Wogan, Senior Manager of Strategic Communications, talk about a demonstration using home-delivered boxes packed with fruit, vegetables, and other shelf-stable...more

Valdry Center Offers Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships to Students

Valdry Center offers social entrepreneurship fellowships to a cohort of four social entrepreneurs. Over a 24-month period, fellows will live on campus, attend Valdry Center seminars, take courses,...more

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Maren Petersen-DeGroff, Children's Program coordinator at Parenting Now!, writes how a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based peers can help build the skills that...more

How to Finance Social Innovation? 5 Insights from Impact! Africa

Ashoka and the British Council hosted the Impact! Africa Summit, which convened at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies around the topic "Collaborative Finance for Social Innovation." The two-day...more

New Tools for Improving Attendance in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

The U.S. Department of Education's Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to provide support of their initiative called...more

Social Enterprises Tackling Youth Unemployment

UK's first social enterprise hotel is being planned and designed, which is loosely based on the Art & Woonhotel in Rotterdam. The planned hotel is where vulnerable youth would be offered training in...more

Civic Engagement Goes Vral when Young Voices Turn to Social Media

In a guest post by Joseph South, Chief Learning Officer for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), tackles how digital tools have spawned a new kind of citizenship among youth....more







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Harvard Law School Welcomes Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise Law Association (SELA), founded by Bea Hinton and Thea Sebastian, is a student-led organization at Harvard Law School designed to connecting the rift between the private and public sectors, while offering a space for students to transform their ideas into initiatives by applying their newfound legal skills to build meaningful careers.




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