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The Alliance for Childhood began in Europe in 1998 and in the United States in 1999 when educators and health professionals met out of a deep concern for the decline in children’s health and well-being. Its goal was to highlight the profound value of childhood as well as its vulnerability. Its projects bolster the healthy essentials of childhood, which include relationships with caring adults and with nature, creative play and the arts, hands-on experiences, and a sense of the sacred. Its publications and educational campaigns have focused on the need to restore creative play to childhood and to reduce the overuse of screen time in childhood, which interferes with so many of the healthy essentials. The Alliance partners with many organizations and individuals to promote ...

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