North Lawndale’s Playful Learning Landscapes
November 4, 2019
The Chicago Playful Learning Project is a collaborative project that transforms everyday public spaces where families work, play, and live into opportunities for learning. Chicago Playful Learning takes moments such as waiting for the bus, passing time at the laundromat, or waiting at the doctor’s office and turns them into fun learning experiences for both children and their families. This project brings together the science of learning and urban design to infuse cities with playful learning opportunities.
Ultimately, Playful Learning Experiences aim to expand parents’ skill sets and positively shape their everyday interactions with their children. Developmental Science has demonstrated that guided play can advance cognitive skills, social skills, and quantitative skills. Parents’ and caregivers’ simple interactions with young children can build children’s vocabulary, prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
Playful learning experiences are designed to help children build their abilities in:
Chicago Playful Learning experiences provide parents with the tools and resources to support their interactions with their children to build their vocabulary, prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Additionally, the project transforms cities by providing safe, engaging, and interactive play installations that bring the community together.
Metropolitan Family Services and Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) are hosting a series of community meetings to identify locations and installations that meet the needs of children and families. We encourage civic leaders, business owners, educators, parents, and other stakeholders to attend the meetings and share their ideas!
If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Community Connections Program Manager Rarzail Jones with IAFC, the local community partner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Project Director, Nataly Barrera, at email@example.com.