July 2017 eNews – Regulations, Playground standard changes, Outdoor play resources, & Theory of loose parts play


DCYF Child Care Regulations – Proposed Adoption and Repeals

We are excited to share an update on the Outdoor Play Interventions Pilot Project (OPIPP), our strategy to aid in the development of low-cost, high-value, simple design interventions for outdoor spaces utilizing architectural design, LISC technical assistance, fundraising, and volunteer coordination. Initial concept designs transforming the space have been completed, and we have narrowed down the interventions to build at each of our three sites: Westbay Children’s Center, Jamestown Early Learning Center, and Children’s Friend Hartford. Our resource guide showing each intervention and outlining instructions for how it can be built by any novice is in development.

Our biggest news is that this project is now supported in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, who awarded the RICCELFF a Blue Across Rhode Island volunteer grant, which provides funding for each of the three sites and more than 100 volunteers for a day of service on September 15, 2017. Visit www.bcbsri.com or search #BlueAcrossRI on social media to learn more about this amazing event that will take place at multiple locations across the state.

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In This Issue
  • Playgrounds! Promote Safe and Fun Outdoor Play in Head Start and Child Care
  • Changes in Playground Standards – ASTM F1487
  • RICCELFF Outdoor Play Resources
  • The Theory of Loose Parts Play
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