Play is the basis of young children's learning. When children are able to play they are building the skills that they will later need to become active and productive citizens. 

children playing with colored chalk

A child's social and emotional development is strongly linked to his/her ability to play. During play children learn important skills like collaboration, sharing, listening to others' thoughts and opinions.

Adults in the early learning classrooms are there to help facilitate learning through play by asking guiding questions, restating what a child says to help validate a child's thought processes and set an example.

If you have questions about the importance of play, please feel free to ask.

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