Nurturing the Healing Power of Play for Ourselves and for Our Children

Join us for our ParentEd Talk on Jan. 23, 2024, with Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D. and Mike Browne from University of Washington iLabs.

It’s more than just child’s play. 

Play offers kids (and adults alike) a chance to connect with their identities, communities and ancestors and to make meaning. It’s a powerful tool for learning, cultivating joy and healing. 

Join Chicago Parent and University of Washington iLabs researchers Mike Browne and Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D. on Jan. 23, 2024 at 3 p.m. CT to learn how to recenter joy in your life through the power of play.


  • The science behind play’s impact on child development
  • The fundamental importance of play for both children and adults
  • How play supports learning and wellbeing 
  • How to cultivate more play for your children and yourself
  • How to advocate for more play at school and in their community 
  • To create a playful environment in your home

We know you’re busy. If you can’t attend the live event, you can still participate! After the event concludes, all registered attendees will be emailed a link to watch the recorded session at their convenience on any device. Attendees joining live will have the opportunity to partake in the interactive Q&A portion of the event.

Register for the FREE event below!

About the speaker

Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Director of Community Engagement for Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington. He’s a New York-raised Afro-Caribbean former tap dancer and collegiate athlete, working toward dismantling white supremacy and forms of oppression in our society. After exchanging his tap and football shoes for a chance to live and work in London and Spain, he returned to the States and to his passion for early learning as an educator, coach and consultant. Bringing with him his sense of discovery, wonder and awe, he addresses the social and political crisis in education and care that results in physical and psychological harm to our youngest citizens. He co-hosts a podcast called “Napcast” (available on Spotify and Apple Music) with his buddy Nick Terrones (he/him) that explores the intersection of race, culture and identity in ECE. He also co-hosts a podcast for the Office of Head Start titled “Parallel Play.” Follow him on Twitter @miguelitobrowne.

Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D. is the Director of Outreach and Education at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS). Bachleda’s professional background bridges the gap between education and neuroscience. She holds a Ph.D. in neurobiology and specializes in sharing the science of learning and development in actionable formats. Since joining I-LABS in 2015, she has worked with thousands of community members invested in human learning, including parents, educators and policymakers. She continues to be in awe of the developing brain and is dedicated to ensuring the latest science is in the hands and hearts of those working every day to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Learn more at

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