Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Seven Corners Children's Center 
6129 Willston Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22044

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Ashley Taylor 
Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children 

Workshop #2 

Play is the heart of early childhood years and the basis for young children’s exploration of their world. It is a way of being that is essential for learning. Through research, educators know more about Play now than ever before, including how play supports children’s self-regulation skills. The Play series will explore ways to support evidence-based teacher practices for providing an environment and materials that encourage playfulness. Find your joy and join in the discovery of play!

 The purpose of the Play Series:

The hands-on experience provided for participants will link the theory of constructivism to play in the 2-5-year-old classroom.  The play experience will define “play” and will build on the participant’s prior knowledge of using loose parts in their classroom environment. Play Coaches will share ways of thinking about classroom materials that are sustainable and construct a conservation ethic. Discussions will support participants in finding materials for their programs. For further development for Play advocates, a resource list and current research in play will be shared.

 In the first session, participants will experience creativity and self-expression through play and develop their reflective practice. Participants from the first session may put their experience into practice in their programs and share their experience with the Play Coaches. Those that take both sessions in the series will be invited to take on a leadership role and share their learning with peers in the second session, building on their experience. The attendance in the first session is not required to attend the second.

Workshop #2
January 20, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seven Corners Children's Center

This registration is for ONLY Workshop #2 in this series. To register for BOTH sessions, please click here.

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** Refunds will not be issued.  Registrations may be transferred to another participant

Jennifer Reynolds
Jennifer Reynolds completed her Education Specialist degree in early childhood special education with an administrative credential from The George Washington University in August 2016. Her experience since 1994 includes administering a variety of non-profit preschool programs. Jennifer has experience with NAEYC Accreditation and other state quality rating measurement tools that focus on elevating preschools programs to higher levels of quality. Jennifer has helped lead local and state non–profit boards with emphasis on the education of young children.

Jennifer Reynolds is currently working as an Executive Director for a non-profit private/public child care center serving the Falls Church area and an education consultant for Northern Virginia. Jennifer Reynolds credits her daughter and now grandchildren as a constant reminder of the importance of providing young children with the opportunity to succeed in life, as it relates to quality early childhood care and educational experiences. For every child, we have a limited window of 2000 days to provide an educational foundation, before they are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn. 

Peggy Ashbrook
 Peggy Ashbrook is an early childhood science teacher, mentor and writer—the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) Early Years column in Science & Children and companion blog (www.nsta.org/earlyyears), and author of "Science Learning in the Early Years" (2016 NSTA Press) and "Science Is Simple" (2003, Gryphon House). She began teaching science to young children in her home as a day care provider in 1988. Peggy is active in professional associations—NSTA, NAEYC, and NoVA Outside Early Childhood Committee, presenting at local, area, and national conferences. She is a co-founder of the NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF). Currently, Peggy teaches children ages 2-5 in a variety of programs, mentors teachers in preK programs and schools, and provides professional development on early childhood science inquiry and engineering design. Her favorite place is where the worlds of early childhood and science learning overlap.