Welcome to a very special two-part edition of Connections!

Both the Fall 16  Click here >>> fall-2016-final-revised

&   Spring 17  click here >>   PPP Connect Spr2017 publications

….focus on what is working in early childhood play-based classrooms across the country.

Lynn and Karen were complaining about the lack of play in our schools and decided we should instead be sharing positive examples of how many places were successfully implementing play based programs. We set out to use a backward design that instead of focusing on research first, started instead with successful practices.

We are pleased to again introduce you to Dr. Jennifer Berke, Child Care Exchange’s Masters Leader from 2015 as our guest editor. She did a fantastic job of collecting case studies and then aligning the comments with current researchers in our field.

Thank you, Dr. Berke, for your commitment to play and to our publication of Connections! We appreciate your hard work and are extremely delighted to share how play is working!

We would also like to thank, Autumn Richards, Edinboro University Graduate Assistant, for her help with layout and editing for this large issue.

Co-Managing Editors:

Karen Lindeman Ph.D., Edinboro University

Lynn Hartle Ph. D., The Pennsylvania State University at Brandywine



 “Watch and Listen to the Children: Play Informs Research, Theory, and Practice”

Sandra Waite-Stupiansky, Guest Editor

Professor Emerita, Edinboro University, PA

This issue of PPP Connections will explore the notion that children’s play has informed most of the influential theorists of the twentieth century such as Piaget, Erikson, and Vygotsky.

Authors are asked to submit a reflective piece (no longer than 1500 words) to stupiansky@earthlink.net