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Play as a Way to Ameliorate Poverty

In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a report entitled The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond: Focus on Children in Poverty. "It could be argued," the authors write, "that active play is so central to child development that it should be included in the very definition of childhood. […] Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others."

Because these are among the skills that can help poor children cope with…

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