Have you played today?
Research shows that learning through play uniquely supports children’s cognitive and social development, better preparing them to reach educational goals and interact with the world around them.
Play is also beneficial for adults, providing social connections and keeping their minds sharp. When children and caregivers play together, they develop lasting bonds that create positive memories and build children’s resilience to stress and trauma.
Everyday Learning Play Spaces is a collaboration between People’s Emergency Center, Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network, and My Baby’s First Teacher ®, created to encourage playful learning in the spaces that children experiencing homelessness use every day.
Everyday Learning Play Spaces expands on PEC's work with shelters across Philadelphia through Building Early Links for Learning (BELL), and responds to requests from shelters and their families for improvements to the buildings where families stay.
We will be creating playful learning opportunities by enhancing the shelter spaces where families experiencing homelessness spend time each day. The team will be working directly with shelter families and staff to ensure that the playful learning environments we create meet the needs of their community.
Join us on this journey of building and learning! Click on the buttons below for articles about our work, or scroll through the photo gallery to right. Come back for more content as we create Everyday Playful Learning Spaces.
Photos courtesy of Playful Learning Landscapes
Baring House of Youth Service, Inc.
Darlene Morris Love and Care Services
Families Forward Philadelphia
Jane Addams Place
People’s Emergency Center Rowan House
Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence
Stenton Family Manor
Woodstock Family Center
Office of Homeless Services
William Penn Foundation