Recommended ResourcesWebsites. Books. Articles. Videos.
At the Chalk Face – including Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar’s progressive education radio show every Sunday at 6 pm
Bridging Differences Deborah Meier’s blog at Education Week
CCFC Campaign for a Commercial- Free Childhood
The CAYL Institute Community Advocates for Young Learners
Early Childhood Action, Winchester, England
ECE PolicyMatters, Susan Ochshorn
FairTest The National Center for Fair and Open Testing
Mission Hill School Progressive Public School in Boston, MA
Save Childhood Movement, based in England
SOS Save Our Schools
The Most Important Year: PreKindergarten and the Future of Our Children by Suzanne Bouffard, Bouffard, 2017. Read DEY Senior Advisor Diane Levin’s review of this book here.
The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups
by Erika Christakis, Viking Press, 2016.
The Classrooms All Young Children Need by Patricia M. Cooper, University of Chicago Press, 2009.
The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch, Basic Books, 2010.
Defending Childhood edited by Beverly Falk, Teachers College Press, 2012.
Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems by Jane M. Healy, Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Alliance for Childhood, & Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment, 2012.
Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg, Teachers College Press, 2011.
The Flat World and Education by Linda Darling-Hammond, Teachers College Press, 2010.
Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground by Deborah Meier, Brenda S. Engel and Beth Taylor, Teachers College Press, 2010.
Reclaiming Childhood by William Crain, Owl Books, 2004.
Seen and Heard: Children’s Rights in Early Childhood Education by Ellen Lynn Hall and Jennifer Kofkin Rudkin, Teachers College Press, 2011.
Taking Back Childhood by Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Plume. 2008.
The War Play Dilemma by Diane E. Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Teachers College Press, 2006.
Most Recent Articles
Untangling the Evidence on Preschool Effectiveness: Insights for Policymakers by Beth Meloy, Madelyn Garner, Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute, Jan. 31, 2019.
The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book by Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal, January 19-20, 2019.
The Dangers of Distracted Parenting by Erika Christakis, The Atlantic, July/August, 2018.
The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role of Enhancing Development in Young Children by Michael Yogman, Andrew Garner, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, the Council on Communications and Media, Pediatrics, August, 2018
Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby by Erik Vance, Scientific American, June 1. 2018.
Stop Humiliating Teachers by David Denby, Feb. 11, 2017, The New Yorker
Put Away Those Smart Phones by Dr. William Crain for The East Hampton Star, Jan. 5, 2017.
Changing Times, Changing Play – What Does it Matter? by Diane Levin, Child Care Exchange, September/October 2012.
Compassion Deficit Disorder: What Causes It? What Can We Do About It? by Diane Levin, Community Playthings, March, 2016.
The Crisis in Early Education: A Research-Based Case of More Play and Less Pressure by Joan Almon and Ed Miller, Alliance for Childhood, November, 2011. (Alliance for Childhood states: “This four-page article succinctly makes the case for play-based education.”)
The Decline of Play and the Rise of Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents by Peter Gray, American Journal of Play, volume 3, number 4. © 2011 by The Strong. (a pdf)
Education Reform is Malpractice by Steve Nelson, Huffington Post, July 22, 2015.
ECA EYF Unhurried Pathways by Early Childhood Action. This is a free pdf version of the report published in Winchester, England in October 2012.
Here’s Why Preschool Suspensions Are Harmful by Denisha Jones and Diane Levin, Education Week, January 24, 2016.
How Ed Policy is Hurting Early Childhood Education by Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane Levin for The Answer Sheet for The Washington Post, May 26, 2012.
Learning to Count to 14 the Common Core Way and the Developmentally Appropriate Way – What is the Difference? Why Does it Matter? by Diane E. Levin and Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, Child Care Information Exchange, January-February, 2016.
A Lesson for Preschools: When It’s Done Right, The Benefits Last. by Elissa Nadworthy for NPREd: How Learning Happens, Nov. 17, 2016.
Let The Children Play: Nature’s Answer to Early Learning by Jane Hewes, PhD, Chair of the Early Childhood Education Program,Grant MacEwan College Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (pdf version).
Let the Kids Learn Through Play by David Kohn, New York Times, May 17, 2015
The New Preschool is Crushing Kids by Erika Christakis, The Atlantic, January-February, 2016.
New York’s Common Core Pre-K Standards: They’re Not Kidding Around by Susan Ohanian, 2012.
Our Misguided Effort to Close the Achievement Gap is creating a New Inequality: The “Play” Gap by Nancy Carlsson-Paige for The Answer Sheet for The Washington Post, August 23, 2016. Also included in Diane Ravitch’s blog as Nancy Carlsson-Paige: The Error of Killing Play in Kindergarten, August 24, 2016.
The Serious Need for Play, by Melinda Wenner for Scientific American Mind, February/March 2009.
Standards of Experience by Dr. Lilian Katz, Collage Magazine, May, 2010.
A Tough Critique of Common Core on Early Childhood Education, by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Edward Miller, for The Answer Sheet at the Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2013.
What Has Happened to Play? An Alarming Effect of Academic Mandates in Early Childhood Settings by Diane Levin for Community Playthings, September, 2016.
Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School by Alison Gopnik, Slate, March 16, 2011.
Kisha Reid — Teachers Speak Out. (Spanish subtitles) In this mini-documentary, early childhood educator Kisha Reid expertly describes how play-based environments spark creativity and are crucial for the developing brain. Watch her students at work and see what is right in early childhood education today.
Jim St. Clair — Teachers Speak Out. (Spanish subtitles) In this mini-documentary, former public school kindergarten teacher Jim St. Clair discusses the changes he sees in today’s kindergarten classrooms, including a decrease in play-based learning and an increase in direct teaching and testing. Jim explains why choice time, in which children follow their own interests and inquiries, is crucial to their development.
Roberta Udoh — Teachers Speak Out. (Spanish subtitles) In DEY’s second mini-documentary, public school preschool teacher Roberta Udoh explains how the obsession with testing has resulted in educational policies that lead to diminished play and exploration of self for children of color and poor children, and the devastating effects it has on the soul and psyche of this population of early learners.
Bianca Tanis – Teachers Speak Out. (Spanish subtitles). In DEY’s first mini-documentary, public school kindergarten teacher from Suffern, NY, describes changes early childhood educators are seeing in classrooms due to market-based reforms, high stakes testing, and screens in school. Noting a decline in play-based learning and concurrent increases in anxiety and depression among young children, Tanis calls for teachers to share their stories and raise awareness about what is happening in classrooms.
Additional DEY Videos
Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime? Featuring DEY Senior Advisor Nancy Carlsson-Paige and DEY Co-Director Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin at Mission Hill School; on PBS News Hour, July 5, 2016.
DEY’s video: Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose – with the Alliance for Childhood, 2015.
DEY’s Workshop Presentation at Network for Public Education’s National Conference in April, 2015, Chicago, IL.
When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity and Play Out of Learning, a Tedx Talk by Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, April 1, 2013.
A Year at Mission Hill. A 10-part video series chronicling the rhythms and relationships of a year in the life of one of America’s most successful public schools, located in Boston, MA, 2013.
The City College of New York’s High Quality Early Learning Project Video Series (2018):
See How They Play. This film explores Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach to play for infants and toddlers, encouraging time for play and exploration for even the youngest infants. Available as a DVD or on YouTube. Resources for Infant Educarers, 2013. www.rie.org
Play Again: What Are the Consequences of a Childhood Removed from Nature?” Documentary featuring Richard Louv, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Diane Levin, Susan Linn, and other educators and environmentalists. 2013.
What Kindergarten Should Be,a Tedx Talk by Dr. Doris Fromberg, October 22, 2012.
The Role of Play in the Overly Academic Kindergarten by The Gesell Institute. This seven-and-a-half minute YouTube video is well worth your time and is easily shared with others. “Play is being banished from kindergarten classrooms across the U.S. Learn how this is impacting the nation’s youth. Narrated by Marcy Guddemi, Executive Director of the Gesell Institute, 2010.
The Learning Child Series, produced by Jonathan Diamond Associates in collaboration with Sarah Lawrence College Child Development Institute, 2009.
“Where Do the Children Play?“ Documentary produced by Michigan Public Television.