Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Nedra Robinson

Second Reader

Sue Starks


early childhood education, play based learning, low income families


Research indicates play is the developmentally appropriate way for young children to learn. Research also shows that socioeconomic status impacts child development, parental awareness of developmental milestones, and parent-child interaction. Published materials about play are often designed for middle class and wealthy families and are inappropriate or inaccessible for low-income families. In order to effectively work with low-income families, early intervention providers must understand the impact of socioeconomic status.

Come PLAY With Me is designed to educate early intervention providers about working with low-income families and to educate low-income families about the importance of play in children's lives. This information will enable service providers to provide appropriate education to low-income families and enable families to encourage their child's play and learning.


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