We are your local early childhood chapter of the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC), which is affiliated with both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).
To communicate to parents, teachers and the broader community the importance of creating quality play experiences for children and engaging with them when it is appropriate.
The PLAY Chapter works to respect and safeguard the child’s right to play. As a chapter of FLAEYC, we will work together to support the child’s right to play through Play Education, Leadership, Advocacy, and Professional Development
Members of the FLAEYC PLAY Chapter work collaboratively to highlight the critical value of play in all areas of development for children and throughout the lifespan. This includes cognitive, physical, social- emotional, spiritual, and academic skills with emphasis on resilience in all areas of development.
The PLAY Chapter will provide educational opportunities and to increase public awareness of issues and concerns that effect young children and their families. Our Chapter is dedicated to sharing the important message that “play is the way.”
- Help Early Childhood Professionals and families understand and value play across the human life span and how their own play experience influences their teaching practice.
- Help Early Childhood Professionals and families develop the ability to observe, assess, and extend the process of play in the classroom and in the home.
- Help Early Childhood Professionals and families recognize and articulate how intentional play education practices enhance learning and helps to meet the 2017 Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards.
- Support the American Academy of Pediatrics position that play is essential to development given it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.