The Urban Play Framework: An approach for understanding the play experience in cities

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In order to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world, children need rich learning opportunities in and out of school that allow them to adapt and engage in independent and lifelong learning. An overwhelming body of evidence points to play as the best way to equip children with a broad set of flexible competencies and personal capacities to tackle new and different challenges creatively. Moreover, studies show that quality play-based education has a high return on investment in the form of higher earnings, reduced crime, and other social indicators. And yet, today, children have less time for play in and out of school as parents and educators increasingly worry about academic readiness.

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