Unequal PLAYing Field:
a panel discussion on the Importance of Accessing Equal Play for Girls and Girls of Color

Thursday, September 13
2pm – 4pm

Felix C. Davis Community Center

4800 Park Circle, North Charleston, SC

Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry for a panel discussion on the importance of accessing equal play for girls and girls of color. The panel, supported by the US Play Coalition, will be moderated by CML Executive Director, Nichole Myles, and featuring panelists:

kimberly clayDr. Kimberly Clay, Founder and CEO, Play Like a Girl, a Nashville-based non-profit organization working to improve the health and well-being of girls in the U.S. through sport, physical activity and active play. Through after school clubs and its popular Pop-Up Play Day, Play Like a Girl is leading the movement to educate, empower and equip girls to become active early and stay active for life. Mentoring-style sessions prepare girls, ages 9 to 13, by combining health education and esteem-building exercises with movement of all kinds. Learn more about Play Like a Girl.

sherrie snipesSherrie Snipes-Williams, CEO, Charleston Promise Neighborhood, has 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, board governance, strategy advancement, performance management, planning, external communications & marketing and more! Currently, she is the CEO of Charleston Promise Neighborhood, an organization supporting under-resourced communities and elementary schools to ensure residents are  engaged and every child is on track to graduate high school. Previously, she served in leadership roles with The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Samaritan House, CityCares (now Points of Light Foundation), and Hands On Atlanta. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she actively serves on local and national nonprofit Boards of Directors.

adrienne troyAdrienne Troy-Frazier, Executive Director, Berkeley County First Steps, has worked in early childhood for over 30 years, holding positions as preschool teacher,  director, mentor and trainer, specializing in early childhood anti-bias work, inclusion of children with special needs and leadership development. Ms. Troy-Frazier is the Executive Director of Berkeley County First Steps. Formerly, Ms. Troy-Frazier served as program administrator for the Easter Seals Child  Development Centers in Chicago. Concurrently, she served as a professional mentor and trainer for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Ms. Troy-Frazier has lifelong interests in issues pertaining to affordable and high quality inclusive early education and care.

La tisha

LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon, Owner, Engineering for Kids-Charleston, focusing on ensuring the children of the tri-county area have access hands on, and engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum through after school programs, summer camps, workshops, and classes.  In addition to this role, LaTisha utilizes her professional experiences and educational background to consult on projects that she is passionate through her own Vaughn-Brandon Consulting, as the primary consultant and educator. Learn more about Engineering for Kids-Charleston.

Light refreshments served.

We know that play and play-based learning are critical to the healthy development of children and youth, yet access to safe, equitable play options are often limited for under-resourced children, especially girls and girls of color. With physical, social/emotional, academic and job-readiness skills contingent upon healthy development, what can be done to level the PLAYing field for all children?