September 2017 eNews – Day of service, Center spotlight in Woonsocket, Design guide updated, CPSI course, & NCFN meeting in DC

Update on Play Interventions – Blue Across Rhode Island Day of Service!

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.

In July 2017 we were awarded a Blue Across Rhode Island volunteer grant, which provided funding for each of our three sites (Children’s Friend – Hartford Ave, Jamestown Early Learning Center, and Westbay Children’s Center) as well as more than 100 volunteers for a day of service. Well that day took place September 15, 2017 and despite the gloomy forecast, the sun came out in full force and the results achieved by these “Playground Crashers” in just a few hours were astounding:

Visit or search #BlueAcrossRI on social media to learn more about this amazing event.

Want to learn more about this pilot project and the designs implemented, or to see what these sites looked like before? You can follow our whole story here.

NEXT STEPS: With projects nearing completion (thanks to our hardworking Blue Across Rhode Island volunteers) we are now focused on studying the impacts of the small-scale modifications as well as developing a free resource guide that will highlight the interventions and outline instructions for how each one can be built by any novice.

In This Issue
  • Center Spotlight: Woonsocket Head Start Highland Park Center
  • Child Care Design Guide Updated!
  • Save the Date – Certified Playground Safety Inspector’s Course
  • National Children’s Facility Network Meeting in Washington, D.C.


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