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Champion for Childhood

Posted by: Rhonda August 20, 2019

Passionately devoted to the importance of childhood, Joan Almon spent decades energetically speaking out and challenging a society and educational system that was becoming increasingly hostile to play.

Often activists don’t see the results of their work in their lifetime, but in her last piece written for Community Playthings, Joan boldly stated that “after decades of steady decline, play is on the rise again.” 

Last month Joan passed on, but the work she started is not complete. To keep her vision alive, we must keep fighting and pushing back the things that hinder childhood until all children everywhere can experience the unencumbered, open-ended, free play that defines childhood.

Read Joan’s article: The Return of Play