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Urban Play Interventions Improve Access to Well-being

Play—daily play—is an integral factor in the quality of children’s development and well-being. Too often, parents and caregivers are not adequately enabled to include active and creative play in daily activities for their children or themselves.

Project for Public Places 1

Image Source & Credit: www.ProjectforPublicPlaces.org

Aisha Alexander, Director of Community Initiatives at Kaboom (an organization that advocates for play opportunities for all children) notes “, Play sets the stage for kids to achieve beyond their current circumstances … But for many kids, particularly those living in poverty, having time and access to daily play is a challenge.”

Girl Jumping

Image Source & Credit: www.Kaboom.org

According to research from the National Center for Children in Poverty more than 16 million children in the United States—22% of all children—live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level — $23,550 a year for a family of four.

Through recent initiatives, such as Kaboom’s Play Everywhere Challenge, play advocates are encouraging community-driven solutions that bring play to the spaces that kids and families interact with daily: bus stops, health clinics, sidewalks, streetscapes, and vacant lots, to name a few. Kaboom has also created a set of guiding principles that applies to all urban play interventions.

The principles? Simple.

Principles of Play Interventions

Image Source & Credit: www.kaboom.org

The benefits of accessible pockets of play? Many and lasting.

Project for Public Places 2

Image Source & Credit: www.ProjectforPublicPlaces.org

24 Jun ’16 by Kara Klein

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