Causes: Children & Youth
Mission: The alliance for childhood promotes policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.
Programs: Early childhood education: the strengthening of effective, play-based, experiential approaches to learning for children in preschool is a priority area of focus for the alliance for childhood. With support from the rauch foundation, the alliance for childhood is managing a multi-year project to provide professional development for principals, pre-k administrators and community-based organizations as well as coaching for teachers. The development of an on-line toolkit is underway as part of the project.
play and playwork: a primary focus of the alliance for childhood has been the restoration of play and play-based learning in the lives of children. In the fall of 2013, we published a 35-page booklet, "adventure: the value of risk in children's play," focused on the importance of risk in play for children's healthy development. The alliance for childhood also actively promotes the value of play through involvement in numerous conference panels, presentations, workshops, professional networks and hosting exhibit booths at events such as those held by national association for the education of young children, us play coalition, association of children's museums, and at the wonderplay conference at the 92nd street y in new york city.
technology and screen time: the alliance for childhood works to disseminate the message of the american academy of pediatrics and other public health organizations that many young children are spending too much time with screen technology and that screen time should be discouraged for infants and toddlers. Working in partnership with the campaign for commercial-free childhood and teachers resisting unhealthychildren's entertainment (truce), we published and distributed "facing the screen dilemma: young children, technology and early education," a guide designed to help early educators make informed decisions about whether, why, how, and when to use screen technologies with young children. In april 2014, we published a german translation, began work on a spanish version and we continue to provide this as a free resource for parents, teachers, administrators and policy-makers.
decade for childhood: the decade for childhood is a multi-year initiative serving as a platform for global conversations about childhood, the exchange of ideas and experiences, and the sharing of best policies and practices. We are engaging professionals across multiple sectors including education, health, ecology, recreation, sociology, and psychology to promote the ten pillars of a good childhood. The alliance for childhood is working in partnership with the association for childhood education international (acei) to lead this initiative. Alliance for childhood develops and provides leadership development and advocacy resources, tools and training for the international cohort of decade for childhood ambassadors to advance the 10 pillars.
advocacy/policy: the alliance for childhood engages in advocacy and lobbying for initiatives associated with our program areas including play, technology/screen time with young children and early childhood education. The alliance for chilhdood is an active partner in the outdoors alliance for kids (oak) and was a leader in the development of resources and tools to begin the "echo (every child healthy outdoors) across america" campaign, an initiative to both lead and support local, community, city/town or state initiatives to get kids outdoors. At the federal level, alliance for childhood continues to advocate for the healthy kids outdoors act and the no child left inside act.