Parents and educators are invited to participate in an early education impact event Oct. 13 called “What in the World Happened to Play — The Workforce of 2040.”

The Early Education Impact Symposium will focus on the importance of play in learning from 10 a.m. to noon at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport.

A video and discussion will begin at 10 a.m., with free children’s activities and child care next door, followed by free pizza lunch buffet. The evidence-based discussion will speak to the importance of play in early childhood development and what educators, parents and community leaders can do to support developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood settings.

The event is hosted by the Quad-Cities Association for the Education of Young Children, Early Childhood Coalition, United Way Women’s Leadership Committee and Skip-a-Long Child Development Services. The video highlights remarks from Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, best-selling author of “Einstein Never Used Flashcards” and “A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool.” Discussion of the video will be led by Marcy Mendenhall, play therapist; Kirk Marske, Career Cruising Quad-Cities; Dr. Richard Blunk, pediatrician; and an elementary school teacher.

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