Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Public Playground Safety Handbook from CPSC : Must have for schools and parks.

Public Playground Safety Handbook from CPSC.

A must have document for schools and day care centers is the Public Playgrounds Safety Handbook.

CPSC’s public playground guidelines are detailed here and are intended to help parks, schools, installers and others choose the safest equipment.

Check out our other resources on our Playground Resources Page.

Related Articles and information on Playground Safety.

School playgrounds can be safe.

2015 Pep Grant Update

In case you missed this announcement...........

It looks like there will not be a 2015 PEP Grant application process this year according to Insight Grants: "The 2015 federal budget was finalized in mid-December. The US Department of Education’s (ED)Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP grant program) was allocated $47 Million. In communications we recently had with the PEP Program Manager, Carlette KyserPegram, we learned that the amount appropriated by Congress for 2015 was NOT enough to make new PEP grants in 2015. So ED will not be holding a PEP competition in 2015 and does not expect to make any new PEP grant awards in 2015. Continuation awards for existing PEP grant winners are scheduled to be funded for 2015. It is far too soon to say what this means for PEP in 2016 and the future, but for this year, those who planned on applying for PEP will not be able to do so."

Please see this link for the complete post >
PEP Grant | Insight Grants

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Right To Recess Campaign" Going Strong

 "All kids have a right to recess", according to retired principal and Peaceful Playgrounds Founder, Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer.    The "Right to Recess Campaign" has been around for 5 years and the materials have been used in numerous School Board Presentations and referenced in magazines, & news reports. Grab a copy of the Right To Recess Tool Kit here.

Right to Recess Featured Article.

Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child’s social, emotional and educational development.

Despite mounting evidence that kids need an outlet to blow off steam, learn to interact with others and get the exercise they need, nearly 40 percent of American elementary schools have either eliminated or are considering eliminating recess.

Due to school budget cuts and an increased focus on academic standards, millions of American schoolchildren may miss out on unstructured play with their peers including hopscotch, tag, kickball or jump rope.

Recess also functions successfully as an established school-based activity and should be carefully considered as part of any school health and wellness policy.     READ ON...

A short video from Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, Founder Peaceful Playgrounds