Dr. Tom Jambor, Playground Specialist

Dr. Tom Jambor is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Early Childhood Education) and The Pennsylvania State University (Child Development and Family Relationships). He is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Development and Education and an Associate Scientist with the Injury Control Research Center at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Jambor's teaching and professional interests cover diverse areas such as early childhood education, children's development through play, outdoor environmental playscape design, child psychology, family/school/community interaction, classroom management & discipline, and early childhood program administration. He has been a kindergarten and preschool teacher and has owned and operated a child care facility.

Dr. Jambor is an internationally renowned lecturer on children's outdoor play environment design and societal factors effecting children's development through play. He has designed and community-built over 200 playgrounds for elementary schools, preschools and child care centers, and parks & recreation boards nationally and internationally. His numerous publications include the USA's Playground Safety Manual and its New Zealand counterpart, the New Zealand Playground Safety Manual, School Recess and Social Development, Promoting Perceptual-Motor Development Through Play, Risk-Taking and Challenge in Play and Development, and The Future of Play: Children's Rights. He has been featured on CNN, in Education Week, and on television and in newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Recent grant writing has been with regard to curbing violence in urban school settings.

Dr. Jambor has strong ties with the International Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA). He is the current International Vice President for North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, and is a past President of IPA's American Affiliate.

Please feel free to use content from the Playscape Project pages as needed. But Dr. Jambor would like you to credit him with the design and other assistance provided when opportunities arise. If you have questions please contact him for clarification. He will work closely with you, as needed.

Dr. Tom Jambor can be contacted:
- by mail, at The School of Education, UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A. 35294
- by telephone, at 1-205-934-9689
- by fax at 1-205-975-5312
- and by email at tjambor@uab.edu

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