How important is play?

The ability of a child to live their life positively and creatively is significantly increased with the opportunity for quality play in early years.  Their are also broader and quantifiable societal and economic benefits.

“One of the under recognized but crucial biological functions of early play is the development of self-regulation, a skill difficult .to teach but naturally developed through play Early development of self-regulation skills is a reliable predictor of social, cognitive, and interpersonal skills which have positive effects far into adulthood.”

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