A Powerful Partnership Sought for an Innovative Children and Family Center
Play & Learn L.A. is now seeking a partnership with an established social services agency to operate an innovative Children and Family Center to be placed in a low-income community in South or East L.A. This Center would be comprised of two components, both of which provide important learning opportunities for families: a Play Center and a Family Center. The Play Center, to be operated by Play & Learn L.A., would provide children and their families and caretakers the opportunity to play and learn together in an educationally enriched environment. The Play Center’s “galleries” would feature the types of interactive exhibits and props commonly found in children’s discovery museums and offer programming to increase the educational value of the experience. The Family Center, to be operated by the social service agency, would offer the basic services that the social service agency currently provides and may include “baby and me” and educational programming for the entire family.
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The Play & Learn L.A. Vision
Play & Learn L.A. will be an innovative educational enrichment center for children and their families and caretakers to play and learn together. The Play & Learn L.A. Center will bring early childhood educational resources to disinvested regions of South and East Los Angeles. We will feature educational enrichment opportunities too often lacking in low-income communities: learning through play and learning for parents & other caretakers. Our Center will feature two complimentary components:
Children and their caretakers will learn together in our “Play Center,” an educationally enriched environment featuring the type of interactive & educational exhibits found in “children’s discovery museums.” Our Play Center will feature a high level of targeted programming based on the latest research in child development and acquisition of foundational learning skills in order to enhance pre-school through elementary school education and development.
Our “Family Center” will offer classes, programs and services in our multi-use resource rooms focused on making stronger families and teaching best practices in child rearing. The “Family Center” will reach all types of caretakers including parents, multi-generational families, private child-care and day care operators and child development center teachers. Programming may also feature interactive learning between toddlers and their caretakers in various “baby and me” classes. The exact program of the Family Center may vary depending with which agency Play & Learn L.A. partners.
The “Play Center” and “Family Center” will work together in a complementary nature to drive greater usage and attendance making the Play & Learn L.A. Center even more relevant to the host community.
Submitted by: Scott McVarish