TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) is a national grassroots organization of educators and parents who are deeply concerned about the impact of commercial culture, media, and media-linked toys on children’s play, learning, and behavior. We prepare materials to help families resist the power of screens and to find playful, non-screen activities to enjoy together.
For this holiday season, we have the TRUCE 2016 Toy Selection Guide with recommendations for Toys of Value and Toys to Avoid. The Guide will be widely distributed at the NAEYC Conference and educators are encouraged to share with parents.
We now also have TRUCE Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring Family Play Plans, which use everyday materials like water, chalk, cardboard boxes, and bubbles, with easy-to-follow ideas for family play. They inspire families to turn off their screens and, instead, to play together.
All of TRUCE’s materials can be obtained at www.TruceTeachers.org. They can be copied and distributed without special permission from TRUCE
Promising Emerging Leaders 2015
As an early childhood educator and activist, it is my mission to educate, motivate, and inspire children and youth by setting the example of making a positive contribution to the world. I believe that in order to ensure a successful future, we need to start by encouraging our most important resource, our young children, to take action and be change-makers in their communities. When children are shown that they are responsible for their world, and they have the capacity to effect positive change, they will inevitably rise to the challenge. I believe that every child has something valuable to offer in building a more peaceful world. Every stage in a child's development is crucial to growth across their lifespan.
Through my work with children's organizations, preschools, and non-profits, I have experienced firsthand the impact of nurturing children, beginning at infancy and continually incorporating developmentally appropriate practices throughout their youth. If we, as leaders of today, can nurture, support, and guide children throughout their lives, they will be the powerful leaders of tomorrow.
Orange County Peace Camp
Promising Emerging Leader 2015