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Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

Childcare ResourcesCheck out these great resources for child care professionals!

As most child care professionals know, play is much more than a way to keep children busy between "important" activities. Hands-on exploration through play is a primary way that young children learn about their world and build their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills. Some of the best ways that child care providers can support young children's development are by schedulingeXtension logo adequate opportunities for children to play, planning interesting activities that engage children's imagination, providing engaging and varied materials, and supporting children's play without interrupting or taking over the activity.


The following articles from the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care can help you understand more about what play-based learning looks like, and the most effective ways to support young children's play.
ArtLearning Centers
Active PlayMusic and Movement
Dramatic PlayToys and Materials
Importance of Play