Guidelines

Our committee is like the recycling center for a healthy city; collecting , organizing and then recycling the material to make new products. Our goal is to be the repository of all existing guidelines, standards, and best practices from around the country. This will allow and encourage individuals, families and communities to have examples for creating playful environments for all people of all ages, while addressing over riding concerns over liability.

We have organized our committee into 5 working groups:

  • Child Care Facilities
  • Educational Systems
  • Health and Wellness Centers
  • Aging Populations
  • Community Planning

Each sub group will review , compile and distribute all existing guidelines, principles and best practices from around the country to assist individuals, families and entire communities in providing play opportunities for all people of all ages and abilities.

By not trying to reinvent the wheel, we can show what is in place and is working so that concerns over fear of liability and cost of litigation won’t prevent opportunities for play to be created. We have to remove obstacles to free play for all by showing and sharing what is already out there. People are much more willing to change when they can see that it can be done.

 

Committee Co-chairs

  • Teri Hendy, Site Masters, teri@sitemastersinc.com
  • Tom Kalousek, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, tkalou@aol.com

 

 

"Play Time" exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art - May 22 to September 6 - The contemporary art show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

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  • Play Day at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville Texas - August 2 - Play Coalition member Diana H. Cortez-Castro and her pre-service teachers from University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley will be promoting diversity and children's right to play!

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  • Sacramento Play Summit - September 12 - The 3rd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

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  • International Walk to School Day 2015 - October 7 - International Walk to School Day 2015 will fall on Wednesday, October 7th. Communities and schools are using Walk to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old.