CPE Workshop

Master the science behind PLAY: Become a PLAYfessional at Marketplace & Academy!

Workshop Participants
You know play is powerful, but can you explain why? ASTRA's Certified Play Expert Workshop gives you the research, language, and tools to support the science behind play. For the first time, you can become a Certified Play Expert at Marketplace & Academy. This pre-conference workshop will elevate your expertise in just two days.

ASTRA invites toy industry professionals, therapists, librarians, educators and anyone in the business of play to take part in this event. Become a Certified Play Expert at our first in-person, interactive 2-day pre-conference workshop!


Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10am-5pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 8am-5pm

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Workshop Room TBA


Breakfast on day 2 and lunch on both days
Certificate of graduation
Certified Play Expert pin

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor Registration

ASTRA has selected two presenters for the CPE Workshop at Marketplace & Academy: Jean Bailey and Kerry Bauer. Both women have many years of experience in the field of toys, play, children and families. They will offer a wealth of knowledge to CPE Workshop attendees. 

Presenter Bios:

Headshot Jean Bailey, CPE is a consultant to the toy industry and former director of the National Lekotek Center, a non-profit that works with children of all abilities utilizing toys and play. For the last decade, she has promoted, studied, written articles and white papers and reviewed research on toys and play as it relates to child development. Bailey has presented on the subject of toys and play internationally and brings with her years of experience in marketing, communications and adult education. 
Headshot Kerry Bauer, B.S., M.S., CTRS, CCLS completed her Bachelors of Science at Southeast Missouri State University in 2004 and she received her Masters of Science degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Child Life from the Erikson Institute in April 2010. Bauer worked at Adult Community Transition program as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working with young adults with developmental disabilities from 2004-2005. She worked at the National Lekotek Center from 2005-2010 as a Certified Lekotek Leader and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist focusing on providing children with special needs and their families opportunities to play through the power of toys. Bauer completed her Child Life internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. In May 2010, Bauer joined the Child Life team at Advocate Children’s Hospital as the Certified Child Life Specialist in Radiology.