Welcome to Alberta Early Childhood Play Connection Network. A community specifically designed for early childhood educators who are passionate about Play! 

AECPCN Objectives

  • To develop, support and offer a connection network focused on Play for early childhood educators in Alberta
  • To establish and maintain a library of resources regarding the importance of Play in the early learning years
  • To host and support a variety of events and opportunities for networking, skill development and advocacy for Play

AECPCN Structure

AECPCN is a non-profit organization that is governed by a small board of directors. All work is done by volunteers. 

What Does AECPCN Do?

Our Mission

AECPCN strives to advocate for Play by connecting our community of passionate early childhood educators to understand, experience and embrace Play. 


Our Vision

We stress the importance of Play for children and engage in discussions and Play experiences that advocate for Play. To understand Play, we feel it’s important to experience, hands-on, the joy and passion that Play brings us. We provide a variety of Play experiences and resources, such as; webinars, workshops, resources, social events, learning events, community events, Play programs and more. 


How Our Story Began

AECPCN was founded in 2023 by Tina Geers. She had a vision of creating a community where early childhood educators can connect through Play and advocate for Play . Tina, an early childhood educator herself for over 18 years,  was looking for ways to bring our community together, through a variety of learning and networking opportunities, where ECEs demonstrate and grow their professional skills in Play advocacy.  Welcome to AECPCN early childhood educators!

AECPCN Structure

AECPCN is a non-profit organization that is governed by a small board of directors. All work is done by volunteers. 

AECPCN Board of Directors

Tina Geers
Edmonton, AB

Patrick Geers
Edmonton, AB

Website Play Resources

Play Book Resources

Here are some of our favourite reads about Play in the early learning years.

Free to Learn:
(Dr. Peter Gray)

Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning
(Lisa Murphy)

The Original Learning Approach: Weaving Together Playing, Learning, and Teaching in Early Childhood
(Suzanne Axelsson)

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
(Stuart Brown)


The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally
(David Elkind, Ph.D.)


From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers’ Play to Children’s Learning
(by Marcia L. Nell, Walter F. Drew, Deborah E. Bush)


Slow Knowledge and the Unhurried Child: Time for Slow Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
(Alison Clark) 


Loose Parts 4: Inspiring 21st-Century Learning
(Miriam Beloglovsky)


Stay tuned for upcoming resources, events and programs with AECPCN!