A course designed to teach you how to create a space for your children that invites them to play in ways that are more engaging, purposeful and independent.

Hi there, so glad you stopped by!

My name is Alanna Gallo, and I’m a teacher, mother to three young children, and the founder of Play. Learn. Thrive. My experience working in Connecticut’s public school system for more than 10 years has helped me understand why students may lack motivation and independence. I learned this issue could be traced back to early childhood learning.

Becoming a mother allowed me to explore ways I could create an engaging, self-directed environment for children. Which is why I created Play. Learn. Thrive., to help parents like you, who could benefit from tools to help raise happy, self-motivated, kind, driven, and independent children. Play. Learn. Thrive. provides you with the education and tools to foster independent purposeful play and encourage self-directed learning that nurtures the cognitive, social, and emotional skills needed for children to succeed in all things.

With a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, I offer a mix of expert insights. I’ll help you become more educated about the importance of play as it relates to development and learning, and more intentional about your children’s toys and play spaces.


Purposeful Play Space

How to Transform Any Space to Promote Purposeful and Independent Play for Your Child