Anyone who knows young children can see that play is important to them. But adults do not always agree about what play is or what its role should be in early care and education or in childhood generally. In Young Minds at Play, Dr. Jean Mendoza explores a variety of issues related to play and children. We hope that readers will comment, ask questions, or suggest topics for future blog entries by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jean Mendoza is a content specialist for the Illinois Early Learning Project. She has worked and played in a variety of settings, including home child care, preschool programs, a K–1 classroom, and early childhood teacher education. Her professional interests include outdoor play, play therapy, and the role of play in children’s inquiry.
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