Play, Policy, and Practice


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  • Play Policy & Practice CONNECTIONS - Call for Submissions

    Play Policy & Practice CONNECTIONS

    Call for Submissions

    Play during the pandemic

    Volume 1 • Issue 1 • Fall 2020    (Seminal issue)

          Yes… PPP Connections was a long-standing newsletter, now an E-Journal!!


    Submissions are due on November 1, 2020

    The issue will be published by January 15, 2021

    Theme:  Play during the pandemic

        The world is currently navigating the many unknowns ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. While schools and businesses went into lockdown mode to curtail the spread of the corona virus and offer some respite to the overburdened health-care system. Parents found themselves at home managing the education of young children and the challenges of working from home. Change became the norm.

        What did not change however, was the universal, innate tendency among children to play. The context of play was twisted but resolutely present! Indoor play in classrooms probably transformed into play among siblings in the bedroom; outdoor free play probably showed up as play on decks, yards, and patches of open space in and around homes. Group play probably looked more like solitary play but creative all the same.

        In this issue we invite teachers, parents, parent-researchers, and practitioners who interact with children in the age group of 3-8, to share anecdotal, autoethnographic, experiential and empirical evidence that describes children’s play during this on-going pandemic.


    We are interested in rich descriptions that add information to questions such as:

    • What did the children play with?
    • Who were their playmates?
    • What were the children learning while play?
    • What was the role of adults in children’s play?
    • How did the lockdown change (if at all) the way children play?
    • Did the pandemic revive an interest in traditional games?


    Submission Guidelines

    Type of Manuscripts

    • Empirical Articles These include ethnographic, theoretical, practical, and/or interdisciplinary information.
      • Articles should be no longer than 5 manuscript pages.
      • All modes of empirical research are welcome.
      • Word limit for manuscripts is 2,000-3,000 words
    • Brief Reports are reserved for short, cutting-edge empirical papers that are NO longer than 1500-2,000 words in length excluding references and electronic supplements. Brief reports advance research, methods, and knowledge.
    • Reviews focus on past empirical and/or conceptual and theoretical work. They are expected to synthesize, analyze, and/or critically evaluate a topic or issue relevant to children’s play, should appeal to a broad audience, and are followed by a small number of solicited commentaries.
    • Anecdotal Sharing 1000-2000 words first person accounts of children’s play


         Submissions are due on November 1, 2020

         The issue will be published by January 15, 2021


    • Manuscripts must conform to The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition. 
    • All types of manuscripts should be submitted in Word format, double-spaced, with 1 inch on the left, right, top and bottom margins, and using either of these fonts: Times New Roman or Arial 12 points.
    • Indent the first line of every paragraph using the tab key.
    • Add page number on each page.
    • Add the title at the center of the first page ONLY (not all pages so these can be blind reviews) , followed by the author’s name and contact information (affiliation, email address, phone number, mailing address).
    • Organize your manuscript with the following components: Title, Abstract, Body of submission (using heading levels 1, 2 and 3 as necessary), Endnotes (if needed), References, Acknowledgements (if needed).

    How to submit

    • Please submit the Word document by email to Smita Mathur
    • Include a brief cover page that includes the names of potential reviewers.

    Review process

    The journal will follow a Double-blind review process.


    Smita Mathur | James Madison University

    Sonia Tiwari | Penn State University


    Sent by  Lynn Hartle, Ph.D.  Prof. of Education  Naeyc, PPP Interest forum liaison

    EMAIL:   The Penn State Univ., Brandywine 

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    -Maya Angelou


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