Early Childhood Educator Advocates More Time to Play

Champlain Masters in Education and VAEYC Host Alliance for Childhood Founder Joan Almon

Spring Speaker Joan Almon at Champlain College
Spring Speaker Joan Almon at Champlain College
  • Spring Speaker Joan Almon at Champlain College
    Spring Speaker Joan Almon at Champlain College
    Spring Speaker Joan Almon at Champlain College
    Spring Speaker Joan Almon at Champlain College
  • Joan Almon
    Joan Almon
    Joan Almon
    Joan Almon

By Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Joan Almon, director of the Alliance for Childhood, will be the featured speaker on May 16 at the spring early education workshop sponsored by Champlain College’s Masters of Early Childhood Education Program (M.Ed.), and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC).

Her research proposes that play activates resources that stimulate emotional, social, and intellectual growth in children, which in turn affects their success in school. Play-based education is a way to promote learning, reduce stress and support healthier children, she says. Findings from her report indicate that the positive outcomes of play are being lost as youths are given less and less play time.

Almon, founding director of the nonprofit Alliance for Childhood, advocates that educators need to “bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood.” She is the co-author of “Crisis in Early Education,” to be presented from 2-5 p.m. in Champlain’s Hauke Family Center Conference Room, $35 registration fee; and “Crisis in the Kindergarten,” to be presented from 6-8 p.m. in Champlain’s Alumni Auditorium, $25 registration fee. Educators may sign up for both presentations for $50.

Almon, who lives in College Park, Maryland, has had more than 30 years of experience working with children, families and teachers in Waldorf kindergartens all over the world. As the former co-chair of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, Almon observed that creative play is a central activity in the lives of healthy children and the ability to play is one of the principal criteria of mental health.  

The afternoon workshop, “Crisis in Early Education,” is geared towards early childhood educators. The evening workshop, “Crisis in Kindergarten,” is for interested educators, parents, students, and community members. Registration in advance is required for both workshops since space is limited. For more information, visit www.allianceforchildren.org and register at: http://vaeyc.org/conferences/2012-spring-speaker/

The M.Ed program at Champlain offers a project-based approach to learning designed to apply course work to one's career in education. It addresses the need for professional administration of early childhood programs, opens doors to moving up in education administration, and is geared to connect students with the early childhood community in their area. "This degree makes graduates better educators, helping the youngest students at the most formative time in their lives learn to love learning," said Champlain M.Ed Program Director Laurel Bongiorno.

Champlain's Early Childhood Education degree offers specializations in either teaching or administration. For more information on Champlain College’s M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, please contact Matt Manz at (802) 383-6603 or mmanz@champlain.edu or visit www.champlain.edu/med

About Champlain College

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition." Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2012 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.

CALENDAR LISTING:

EARLY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS – Wednesday, May 16, at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt. Alliance for Childhood founder Joan Almon will present two workshops on early childhood education. “Crisis in Early Education,” from 2-5 p.m. in Champlain’s Hauke Family Center Conference Room, $35 registration fee; and “Crisis in the Kindergarten,” from 6-8 p.m. in Champlain’s Alumni Auditorium, $25 registration fee. Educators may sign up for both presentations for $50. It is sponsored by the Champlain College Master of Early Childhood Education program and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children. To register, http://vaeyc.org/conference/2012-spring-speaker.