Audree V. Jones-Taylor is passionately committed to empowering children, youth, adults, and the community through play.
After 40+ years of public service, Audree recently retired as the Director of Parks and Recreation in Oakland to re-commit her life to service through sharing the value of play.
She believes there is always enough time for a person to study and work-but there is seldom enough time for a child to play. She sees a simple solution: Let our babies play so they will discover what they want to do, how they wish to act, and the best ways to be self-reliant when it finally is time to study and work.
This is Audree's second children's book with a focus on empowerment and play. The first one was All About Me and My ABC's, an enlightening and empowering ABC book for children.
Her lifetime dream is to open a Play Academy that will engage, empower, and encourage children to follow their innate capacity to play, explore and take risks.
Audree is available for consulting, facilitation and training on play-related topics, as well as recreation and park matters, programs and designs.
She received an undergraduate degree B.S in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, and a graduate degree from Saint Mary's College of California in Leadership for the Arts. M.A A resident of Oakland, California, she is married, and has two adult children.