"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity." Kay Redfield Jamison
New playground turf was recently installed in the Early Learning playground, that benefits children in our Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), as well as children in our Early Learning program.
Getting new turf installed was essential for the Early Learning program, as the old grass was becoming muddy and very difficult to keep up withespecially because the children play on it multiple times throughout the day, rain or shine.
Outdoor play is crucial to child development, and often times allow children who have or are suffering from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), to de-stress. Being outdoors can have a profound effect on a child"s psychological health, and can positively impact a child"s sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) nervous systems.
Playing outdoors releases natural chemicals in the brain, called endorphins, and offers children a way to learn and express themselves. Children who spend as little as 20 minutes outside a day, can reduce stress-related hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and can increase their attention span, alertness and motivation.
Our Early Learning program recently had new turf installed. The new turf will benefit children in and out of our ECEAP program.Quoted From: https://www.innovativeservicesnw.org/early-learning-gets-new-playground-turf/