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Childsplay Theatre in Tempe has been awarded a $347,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation to support the “Early Years Educators at Play” program (EYEPlay), launched last month. 

The EYEPlay program promotes literacy and language acquisition for children 3 to 5 years old, and is an outgrowth of Childsplay’s U.S. Department of Education-funded Drama Frames initiative in which teaching artists trained elementary school teachers about how to incorporate drama in writing instruction.

This new grant will allow full implementation of the EYEPlay program in 32 pre-school classrooms across the Phoenix area. Each participating teacher will receive 18 months of drama and literacy-based professional development with Childsplay teaching artists.

Using a peer-coaching model, the Childsplay teaching artists will be working directly with teachers in their own classrooms in a one-on-one relationship developing lesson plans and strategies. 

The EYEPlay program will continue into 2015.

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