The Center for Early Childhood Education has been awarded a competitive contract from Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play for their proposal "The Effects of Physical and Outdoor Play on Young Children's Development." Under the contract, the Center will conduct research on the benefits of physical and outdoor play for children from birth to age five. In addition to developing an annotated bibliography and comprehensive literature review, the Center will develop research-into-practice briefs on a variety of topics aimed at Head Start providers and other teachers of young children. The briefs will feature field-tested applications for use in early childhood classrooms as well as links to illustrative video clips demonstrating implementation of practices that promote physical and outdoor play.
The project will be a collaborative effort of four Center faculty/staff: Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education, will serve as writer and content expert in the area of play and development; Darren Robert, Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education, will serve as content expert in the area of outdoor play and motor development; Ann Gruenberg, Professor of Early Childhood Education, will serve as content expert in the area of children with disabilities; and Julia DeLapp, Center Coordinator, will serve as project director and writer.
The project will be conducted from April through September 2010.