We've created a 8.5x14 4-fold brochure with examples, suggestions, and encouragement for parents learning why it's important to interact with babies during the first years of life. We hope that this will help you explain this to others. Please feel free to download and reproduce this to help spread the word. Please do not alter these documents in any way.

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On a busy morning between the recycling relay and the beekeeper demonstration, the parent of one of our campers stopped me in the lobby of the Shelby Farms Park visitor center. His child was one of our repeat customers.

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Summer time in Memphis means school is out, and it’s time to play! Long summer days are the best time to play together with your infants and toddlers.

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The Right to Play

Early childhood development depends on new experiences and play is the way that children develop social skills, problem solving ability, and emotional functioning.1  In the words of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, play is a fundamental right of childhood.

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There’s an old saying that “play is the work of childhood,” and this issue of Research to Policy looks at the ways in which play works to shape the developing brains of young children in Memphis. Research shows us that play supports early brain development in impressive ways.

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