Panel Finds Parents Need to Improve Play for Children

GeniusOfPlaylogoA panel of parenting experts and educators convened by The Genius of Play at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan found parents don’t truly understand the value that comes with play, according to the Toy Association. The panel’s findings are included in the report “The State of Play in America,” A Special Report by The Genius of Play.

The report includes guidance on the issues of concern to today’s parents and educators, including the role of technology in kids’ lives, safety concerns that could limit their independence, and the importance of recess or play breaks in aiding learning. The panel concluded that parents forget to carve out time for play and may wrongly dismiss it as “empty time.” [Read more...]

CMOM Honors Learning Resources with Corporate Leadership Award

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has selected Learning Resources, Inc. as the first recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award. Learning Resources, an Illinois-based company, is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational toys engage children and support individual learning style. Since its inception in 1984, the company has dedicated itself to designing products that enable both parents and teachers to go beyond traditional instruction.

“Learning Resources shares CMOM’s educational values and pedagogies, with an emphasis on the importance of early childhood education, family learning, and providing interactive tools and resources for all children across the learning spectrum,” said Andrew Ackerman, CMOM’s executive director. “By honoring their innovative work and passion for educating children, we are reminded of the importance of our work and are reinvigorated in the process.”

Rick Woldenberg, CEO of Learning Resources, will accept the award at CMOM’s bi-annual Spring Benefit on May 21.

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