Mission and Vision
Weaving together collaboration, public policy, education, critical reflection, inquiry, creativity and innovation to enhance play opportunities for young children—all with the belief that play is central to child development, to building community, to enhance education, which can lead to authentic equality and a more civil society. We believe that in collaborations we can create play spaces and play opportunities that will impact children’s lives, strengthen families, transform education and help build thriving communities.
To empower early childhood educators to create play equity opportunities for young children so they can learn, thrive and be joyful.
The vision of the play equity institute is to create early childhood environments that not only support children’s academic knowledge but also embrace and celebrate children’s cultural identities, languages, history, traditions and cultural values. We want to inspire early childhood educators and families to empower children to engage in critical inquiry as they learn about other people who are different from them while building strong foundations to be global citizens.
The goals of play equity must be to create conditions that allow children to reach their full potential, erasing disparities in race, income, ability, geography, age, gender and sexual orientation. In an equitable space those who need more or different, get what they need in order to access authentic equality.