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Bringing the Outdoors to Early Learning Environments
September 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
For children, play is associated with positive cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. The evidence is so strong that in August, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a recommendation for their providers to “prescribe” play for children they see – encouraging adults and caregivers in a child’s life to play with them, particularly unstructured play where we can follow a child’s lead. Many kids lack access to safe, quality places to play, which creates a real barrier for them to enjoy these benefits – and deprives them of a childhood rite of passage we all cherish. For families in cities and rural areas, it can be particularly difficult to access quality play spaces within walking distance.
Early learning professionals know how valuable hands-on learning is for young children but may experience barriers to outdoor learning: cost, space, safety among them.
This free, interactive event will be led by Mary Mackenzie, ICS Senior Fellow and international expert on quality improvements in early care and learning. We will talk through low- to no-cost strategies to bring outdoor and experiential learning opportunities into daily practices and routines.
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