Syracuse University-Penn State 3RD Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Development, and Early Education

Date: April 13, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: 426 Ostrom Avenue

The 3rd Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Early Childhood Development, and Education, sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics will be held on April 13, 2012 at Syracuse University.

The annual conference, a joint effort between Syracuse University and The Pennsylvania State University, emphasizes the promotion of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in early childhood development and education by highlighting the interplay among ecological niches, child development, and early education. The conference aims to increase interdisciplinary understanding of the role of family, community, and educational practices in childhood development. In keeping with the focus of promoting children’s safety and optimal development, this year’s topics include: play and imaginary companions, play and executive functions, play and health, play and multiple intelligences, and conceptions of play and culture. One of the featured speakers will be Dr. Scott Eberle, Director of the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, and Editor of the American Journal of Play.