Cheng Xueqin - 程学琴

Cheng Xueqin is the creator of the Anji Play approach, Director, Office of Pre-Primary Education, Anji County Department of Education, Zhejiang Province; Member, Play and Materials Professional Committee, China National Society of Early Childhood Education. Her research includes public policy and management in pre-primary education, early childhood curricula, and play. In 2004, Ms. Cheng was recognized by Zhejiang Province with its highest honor for her 2004 research initiative “Rural Early Childhood Education Management and Development Strategies.” In 2014, she received the “Highest Honor for National Achievement in Pre-K-12 Education” from the Ministry of Education of China for “The Practice and Exploration of the 'Anji Play' Approach.” She has presented her work to colleagues and audiences at Columbia University, MIT, Mills College, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and other learning and play communities in the United States.


Chelsea Bailey, PhD

Senior Research Scholar, Anji Childhood Education Research Center

Dr. Bailey was introduced to Anji Play in 2014 and since that time has worked closely with Ms. Cheng Xueqin and the educators of Anji County to understand, support and share their practice with the world. Dr. Bailey has lead the effort to introduce the theory and practice of Anji Play to educators and piloting the approach around the world. It is her mission to support Anji Play in shifting the discourse regarding children, learning and education to reflect the core values of True Play and the work of Ms. Cheng Xueqin. She has authored articles and essays on the history and practice of the Anji Play Approach, including “Anji Play: Theory and Practice” and has lectured on the philosophy and practice of Anji Play at organizations and institutions including MIT, Columbia Teachers College and Mills College, among many institutions and organizations.

Dr. Chelsea Bailey is a scholar trained in the field of early childhood education with expertise in curriculum theory and design, teacher preparation and professional development, and the assessment of early childhood learning. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. She was a professor and director of the Early Childhood Education program at New York University until 2005 when she left the academy to focus on the design and development of outstanding early childhood education programs around the world. She began working with educators and schools throughout China in 2012. Dr. Bailey traveled Anji in 2014 and began working with Ms. Cheng to share this extraordinary program with the world.




Jesse Robert Coffino

Director of Translation and Interpretation, Anji Childhood Education Research Center.

In addition to his work since 2014 as Chief Interpreter and Translator for Anji Play founder Ms. Cheng Xueqin, he has also authored numerous articles and essays on the history and practice of the Anji Play Approach, including “The Anji Play Ecology of Early Learning” (Childhood Education, Vol. 95, No. 1) and has lectured on the profound historical significance of the work of Ms. Cheng and the educators of Anji County, China at organizations and institutions including Google, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and BRAC.

Since 2014, Jesse has worked closely with Ms. Cheng and Dr. Chelsea Bailey to translate the ideas and concepts of Anji Play for a global audience. Together they have identified pilot programs and cultivated practice leaders in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Beginning in the spring of 2018, Jesse has lead Anji Play materials trainings with teachers at Anji Play pilot programs in California. Jesse received his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. In 2002, he served as domestic policy intern to President William Jefferson Clinton. From 2005 to 2014, he served as Studio Director for artist Xu Bing. He currently lives in Northern California with his wife and four year old daughter.


自从2014年,高杰当作了安吉游戏创始人程学琴女士的首要英文口译和笔译。除了此任务之外,他还撰写了不少有关安吉游戏方法的历史,理论和实践的文章及散文,包括“安吉游戏的早期学习生态”( “Early Education”《幼儿教育》杂志,Vol. 95, No. 1)。他在谷歌硅谷企业总部,美国劳伦斯利弗莫尔国家实验室,孟加拉乡村发展委员会(BRAC)等重要机构机构进行有关程女士以及中国安吉县的教育者的工作的深刻的,历史性的意义。高杰同程女士与他的同事切尔西百丽博士紧密合作把安吉游戏的思想与理念为了世界民众进行翻译,在一起支持了世界上的安吉游戏试点项目,并且培养来自美,欧,非,亚,澳洲的安吉游戏实践领袖。自从2018年春天,高杰在加州的安吉游戏试点幼儿园主持了安吉游戏材料的老师培训。2004年毕业于纽约哥伦比亚大学的政治学系。2002他年担任了美国总统比尔.克林顿的国内政策实习生。从2005年至2014年,他担任了徐冰(重要当代艺术家和中央美术学院副院长-前任)的工作室总监。他与夫人和四岁的女儿生活在北加州。


Cas Holman

Cas has spent the last ten years immersed in play, education and imagination. Through her company Heroes Will Rise, she designs and manufactures tools for the imagination. These materials are manipulable parts and pieces which inspire constructive play, imaginative forms, and cooperative interactions between people. Abstract in their identity, these tool/toys inspire children and adults to imagine the origin and story of the toy as well as how to use it.  “What is it?” and “What does it do?” are answered in intuitive details, play prompts, and semiotic clues, making the instructions implicit in the tool/toy. She is a full time faculty at RISD in the Industrial Design Department and recently relocated from Brooklyn to Hope, RI where she prototypes her playthings on five acres known as Camp Fun.


Krystina Tapia

Krystina is a former early childhood educator and avid True Play advocate who dropped everything to help bring Anji Play to communities across the world in 2017. She was given the incredible opportunity to observe in a 3 & 4 year olds classroom at Jiguan Kindergarten in Anji, China the first month and half of the school year to observe how the Anji Play philosophy was implemented with the youngest children in the program. Krystina earned a BA in Psychology from UCLA and a MA in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also has a certificate in Digital Technologies and the Early Childhood Environment from Bank Street College of Education.

Advisory Committee


Marianne Bloch, PhD, Curriculum & Instruction Department, Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gina Farrar, PhD, Head of Schools, Williamsburg Northside Schools

I-Fang Lee, PhD, School of Education, University of Newcastle, New South Wales

Peter Mangione, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd

Chris Moffett, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University

Julie Nicholson, PhD, Professor of Practice, Director, Center for Play Research, Mills College

Michele Reich, EdD, Children's Librarian, Santa Fe Public Library

Frances Rust, PhD, Senior Fellow and Director of Teacher Education programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education