Press Releases

Kindergarten Boot Camp?  It’s Time for an About Face in Early Education

 August 31, 2010

Many of the academic tasks kindergartners are now expected to master were previously reserved for first or second grade. As a result, today’s classrooms are often tightly structured.


Alliance Warning: Core Standards May Lead to a Plague of Kindergarten Tests

June 8, 2010

The Alliance for Childhood today warned that states considering adopting the new academic core standards released on June 2 could set in motion a spate of inappropriate and harmful testing of young children.


Citing 'Grave Concerns,' Experts Condemn Proposed Core Standards for Young Children

March 24, 2010

The K-3 standards conflict with research on how young children learn, say hundreds of health and education scholars and practitioners.


Press Release: Free Play Is the Missing Link in Anti-Obesity Campaign, Says Children’s Health Group

February 5, 2010

Exercise and nutrition programs alone won’t turn the tide of fatness.


Press Release: Testing of Kindergartners Is Out of Control, Says Children's Advocacy Group in New Report

March 27, 2009

Studies show standardized tests and test prep are now daily activities in many kindergartens. Why?


Press Release: Kindergarten Playtime Disapears, Raising Alarm on Children's Learning and Health

March 20, 2009

New studies show play losing out to formal lessons and tests even though multiple benifits of imaginative play are well documented. A brief version of this release is also available.


Press Release: Decline in Children's Mental Health Linked to Loss of Play, International Experts Say

September 7, 2007

 A marked decline in unstructured play, especially outdoors, is a key factor in children’s increasing mental health problems, an international group of educators and children’s advocates says. Their statement, published on Monday in England’s Daily Telegraph, calls for “a wide-ranging and informed public dialogue about the intrinsic nature and value of play in children's healthy development.”


Press Release: Unicef Report on Children's Well-Being Is More Evidence of "Toxic Childhood"

February 16, 2007

A newly released United Nations report card on the state of children’s well-being, which places the United States and the United Kingdom at the bottom of the list of 21 wealthy countries, is “just scratching the surface of a growing crisis in children’s health,” says the head of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood.


Press Release: School Failure and Lack of Play

October 12, 2006

Too little time for unstructured play leads to increased stress for children and parents and may be linked to later school failure. 


Press Release: Experts Say: Put Stress on Play, Not on Children,

Dec. 6, 2005

A call to end the growing stress and pressure in preschool and kindergarten which are having an ill effect on children.


Press Release: Child Advocates Challenge Current Ed Tech Standards,

Sept. 30, 2004

New report says government and high-tech industry thrust expensive and unproven technology on schools, hurting children and undermining real technology literacy. 


Press Release: Killjoy Toys: Beware of Playthings That Snuff Out Play,

Nov. 20, 2003

The Alliance for Childhood, in collaboration with TRUCE, issues a warning to parents about unhealthy products sold as toys that inhibit rather than promote imaginative, creative play.


Press Release: Rethink High-Stakes Testing

April 25, 2001

A group of the nation's most prominent psychiatrists, child development authorities, and educators called today for President Bush and Congress to "rethink the current rush to make American children take even more standardized tests."    


Press Release: Teaching Peace in a Time of War

December 12, 2001

Our children are now living in a country at war. At this holiday season, many parents and teachers are asking: How can we also teach children to understand and practice peace?


Press Release: Experts Call for Time-Out from Push for High-Tech Childhood,

Sept. 12, 2000

Billions are being spent on computers in kindergarten and elementary schools with little indication that they are necessary for long-term learning.