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Children in Action Motor Program for Preschoolers (CHAMPPS)



Coffee Chat, Inclusion, UDL

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Paddy C. Favazza, Ph.D., & Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Ph.D.



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Children in Action Motor Program for Preschoolers (CHAMPPS)

Presented by: Paddy C. Favazza, Ed.D.Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Ph.D.

Age Range: Preschool- and Kindergarten-age children (3–6 years of age)
Who this chat is for: Who this chat is for: Teachers working with young children in early childhood settings (public programs, Head Start, child care, and private preschool programs), principals and school directors, and afterschool program leaders.

CHAMPPS is a research-based, semi-structured motor play program for use in inclusive preschool classrooms that supports school readiness skills and increased physical activity of children. CHAMPPS utilizes UDL-infused lessons, implemented by teachers at school and families at home, to support the learning and development of all young children.

Viewers will learn:

  • Why motor programs are important for young children
  • Key features of CHAMPPS (strong theoretical underpinnings with a focus on fundamental motor skills, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) infused lessons with links to common preschool readiness skills, interactive movement books, music and music videos, and home components)
  • The structure/format of CHAMPPS (intentionally structured to increase physical activity levels and highly flexible for adapting)
  • CHAMPPS sample lessons
  • Examples of UDL strategies and school readiness suggestions
  • Examples of home communication to support development at home
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