If you would like to participate in Project Play, we are accepting applications! For information about the benefits of participation in Project Play, please click the links below:

Families

We are looking for families with young children to participate!

Who can participate?

  • Families living in the Boston metropolitan area
  • Children between the ages of 8 and 60 months
  • Children with and without developmental delays or disabilities
  • A parent or caregiver

What will happen?

  1. The parent/caregiver will play with his/her child for 30 minutes using our toys.
  2. A research assistant will videotape this natural playtime.
  3. The professional will score the play activities as they occur.
  4. The research assistant will then
    1. Give a brief screening test to the child and
    2. Ask the parent/caregiver questions about the child, the family, and activities at home.
  5. We may ask to observe your child again every six months.

Total time for each round of assessments: between 2 and 3 hours (may take more than one session, depending on the child’s needs)

Where can I participate?

We plan for the observations to take place in a convenient location:

  • Your home
  • Your child’s program or school
  • Your child’s childcare setting

What will I receive for participating?

  • An educational toy for your child
  • A $10 gift card
  • A description of your child’s development in play.

How can I get more information or sign up to participate?

Please fill out the form below to receive more information about participating!

  • At this time, we are only accepting applications for families living in the Boston metropolitan area.

Professionals | People Who Work with Children

We are looking for professionals who would like to learn how to administer the professional version of the Developmental Play Assessment (DPA-P). Training will include participation in an on-line training program on how to give the DPA-P. A certificate of completion will be issued to those who successfully complete the training.

Who can participate?

Professionals who work in early intervention or early childhood and preschool programs, i.e.;

  • Early Intervention Specialists
  • Childcare Providers
  • Preschool Teachers
  • (Early) Head Start Providers
  • Any other professionals who work with children between the ages of 8 months to 60 months, with or without disabilities, delays, or risks for delays

What does participation involve?

  • Learning how to administer the DPA-P by completing an interactive online training program. This program can be completed on your own time using your home computer.
  • Administering the DPA-P to 10-20 children. For each administration, you will watch and score the child’s natural play for 30 minutes.

Where will administration of the DPA-P occur?

The observations will be collected in a setting that is familiar to the child and the child’s caregiver:

  • Child’s home
  • Child’s program or school
  • Child’s childcare setting

What will I receive for participating?

  • Free training in play assessment using the DPA-P as well as a certificate of completion for the training
  • $25 for each of the DPA-P administrations requested by the Project Play team
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses
  • A set of DPA-P toys for the centers/schools from which you were recruited
  • Knowledge of how to use the information from the DPA-P to serve children on an individual basis and in playgroups

How can I sign up to participate, or get more information?

Please fill out the form below:

  • At this time, we are only accepting applications for professionals working in the Boston metropolitan area.
  • Employment Information

Center Directors

**We are recruiting both families and professionals for the project. If you are interested in helping us locate families for Project Play, please indicate that interest in the comments section below.

Please continue reading below for information on helping us to recruit individuals who work with you at your center.

We are looking for professionals who would like to learn how to administer the professional version of the Developmental Play Assessment (DPA-P). Training on how to administer the DPA-P will include participation in an online training program. A certificate of completion will be issued to those who successfully complete the training.

How can I help?

We are looking for center directors who can help us recruit any professionals who may be interested in administering the DPA-P.

Who can participate?

Professionals who work in early intervention or early childhood and preschool programs, including:

  • Early Intervention Specialists
  • Childcare Providers
  • Preschool Teachers
  • (Early) Head Start Providers
  • Any other professionals who work with children between the ages of 8 months to 60 months, with or without disabilities, delays, or risks for delays

What does participation involve?

  • Professionals will learn how to administer the DPA-P by completing an interactive online training program. This training program can be completed on their own time using their home computers.
  • Professionals will be asked to administer the DPA-P to 10-20 children. For each administration, they will watch and score the child’s natural play for 30-minutes.

Where will administration of the DPA-P occur?

The observations should be collected in a setting that is familiar to the child and the child’s caregiver:

  • Child’s home
  • Child’s program or school
  • Child’s childcare setting

What will we receive for participating?

  • Free training on using the DPA-P for the participating professionals
  • A set of DPA-P toys

How can I get more information?

Please fill out the form to receive more information about participating!

  • At this time, we are only accepting applications for center directors in the Boston metropolitan area.
  • Employment Information