Current Course Schedule

Play-Based Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom (Preschool - 1st Grade)

Participants will explore the role of play in a content rich and developmentally appropriate classroom. We will discuss the theory and application of play as a medium for learning in young children; the assessment of behavior and content through play; and the creation of play/learning environments in a variety of educational settings. In addition, participants will learn how to communicate with families to calm their fears and clarify the educational value of play. Participants will leave with strategies and techniques to expand their current play-based curriculum or introduce play-based activities to their traditional setting.
  • Course Number
  • Focus On
    Preschool - 1st Grade
  • Category
    Childhood / Elementary School, Early Childhood, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $295 6.0 CTLE or 0.6 CEU


Fall 2021

  • Section 1:
    • Soyoung Park
      Soyoung Park
      began her career as a kindergarten special and general education teacher in inclusion classrooms. She went on to work with young immigrant children with disabilities as a language intervention specialist and researcher, while pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Bank Street, Soyoung worked as a teacher educator in the Stanford Teacher Education Program and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Special Education. Dr. Park holds a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education from Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford, CA. Her MPS is in Early Childhood and Special Education from Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. She earned her BA in Sociology from Brown University.