Thursday, June 30, 2011

All for Shade, Shade for All at our Early Headstart playground

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Just in time for summer, we were thrilled to learn that the Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play will provide $5,000 toward the purchase of a shade structure (read that: awesome, giant freestanding roof) over our Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute Early Head Start program’s outdoor playground. You can see some current shots of the playground to the right.

Our playground, soon to be well shaded, hosts the parents and the children frequently for social activities that allow the children to play in a safe and supported environment and give parents the opportunity to visit, support each other and seek advice

Fun fact about the playground: the bars holding up the swings are made from 100 percent recycled milk jugs!

The Early Head Start program focuses on teaching parents how to work with their infants and children to further their development, starting sometimes when a mother is still expectant and working with children up to the age of 3. Every child goes through an age-appropriate screening meant to detect any delays in natural development that can be worked on while at the earliest stages. 

Our Early Head Start program works with 72 families at a time, for 90 minutes each week in the family’s home.  For children who display an early delay, early identification and responsive, specialized therapy can help the child overcome that delay.

We are grateful to Head Start Body Start for helping us make the environment a little cooler and even more welcoming to our families!