New York State’s Early Childhood teachers speak out

“As teachers, we are fighting for kids to play.” – Bianca Tanis, Special Education Kindergarten Teacher

“Policymakers’ de-emphasis on play causes us to begin to look at the children as mini-adults, instead of children who are already working hard at what they are doing…” – Sara Sheppard, First Grade Teacher

“We need to speak up. It’s our job. We are the voices of these children.” – Matt Elkin, First Grade Teacher

At DEY, we want to congratulate this group of New York State early childhood teachers who released this fantastic video. These educators use their professional knowledge and experience to expertly articulate ideas about young children, child development and the importance of play.