On Saturday, Sept. 21, Bryn Mawr College will host a conference that brings leaders in the field of childhood development to campus as part of three separate days of programming being offered by the organization The Philadelphia Declaration of Play.
The conference is open to all, but geared primarily toward social workers, psychologists, and others working with children and families and the organizations serving them.
The conference’s morning keynote session features Susan Linn, director, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, Joan Almon, co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood, London-based playworker Penny Wilson, and Temple University Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. In the afternoon, local experts and advocates will lead break-out sessions where participants will learn more about integrating ideas into meaningful social action. Participants will receive a list of break-out sessions via email when registration is complete. Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks are included. The cost of attendance is $25 for educators, students, and seniors; $50 for professionals; and $75 for those applying for continuing education credit. For more information, visit the conference page on The Philadelphia Declaration of Play website.
Social work professionals and psychologists can earn continuing education credits by attending the conference. Continuing education credits are provided through Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology respectively.
The Philadelphia Declaration of Play is also offering PQAS (PA Quality Assurance System) Professional Development Hours for staff of OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning) funded daycare centers. Examples of OCDEL funded initiatives include providers participating in the Keystone Stars, Pre-K Counts, Nurse Family Practitioner, Keystone Babies, and Head Start Supplemental initiatives). Staff of OCDEL funded centers will receive three hours for the morning keynote session. To qualify, participants must register under CE credits.
The Philadelphia Declaration of Play (PDOP) is a local, grassroots group dedicated to raising consciousness and organizing creative challenges to the public health crisis created by the neglect of play in the lives of growing children. Through work with local corporations, schools, religious institutions, parent groups and local government, PDOP is committed to promoting play as a fundamental right and critical necessity for all children’s healthy maturation and development, and supports the need for play to become, once again, central in the lives of our children.