Preschool Offers Growth Through Play-Based Learning

Maren Petersen-DeGroff, Children's Program coordinator at Parenting Now!, writes how a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based peers can help build the skills that children need to be successful.

Petersen-DeGroff shares that most experts agree upon is that preschoolers learn best when they get plenty of unstructured play time.

Petersen-DeGroff also points out the type of play that is best for toddlers and preschoolers. According to Petersen-DeGroff, "guided, open-ended play, with well-trained adults, shows children how to work toward a shared goal, become sensitive to the needs of others, and communicate their needs and ideas."

Petersen-DeGroff advises that toddlers aren't ready for direct teaching of literacy, math and other knowledge content, but play-based learning materials help children make meaningful connections and understandings of their world. She adds that memory is strengthened through repeated experiences. Read the Entire Article


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Moline Foundation Disperses Nearly $300,000 to 48 Area Nonprofits
Foundation: Moline Foundation

The Moline Foundation Board awarded $294,500 in grants to 48 area nonprofits, going toward operational costs, capital and program expenses. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 were approved by...more

Charlottesville Reopening Fund Raises $165000 to Support Public Schools
Foundation: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Charlottesville Reopening Fund raised $165,000 from 201 donors this school year to help families, and the organizers said this effort demonstrates the community's support for public schools and...more

Low Income Adults Get Access to IT Training
Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Those interested in a career in information technology have access to training through Jefferson State Community College. A grant from the Greater Birmingham Community Foundation will cover...more

Area Educators Awarded Grants by the El Paso Community Foundation
Foundation: El Paso Community Foundation

Several regional educators in the El Paso and Las Cruces area will benefit from the El Paso Community Foundation’s "Classroom Fund" and receive a grant of $50,000 in the next academic year....more

Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Awards $810K in Grants
Foundation: Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Directors approved a total of $810,629 in grants at its board meeting in May. This includes 11 responsive grants and 52 donor-advised fund...more

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Awards $1 million in Scholarships
Foundation: Grays Harbor Community Foundation

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation will award nearly US$1 million in scholarships and will help more than 300 students from local universities and trade schools in the next academic year. This...more

Champaign County Farm Bureau Brings Agriculture into the Classroom
Foundation: Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

Sarah Kaper, director of "Ag in the Classroom" of the Champaign County Department of Agriculture, worked with Urbana Park District (UPD) and Champaign County Forest Reserve (CCFPD) to provide an...more

Henderson County Nonprofits Can Apply for Grants from Miller Fund
Foundation: East Texas Communities Foundation

Blue and Janice Owen Miller Charitable fund held at East Texas Communities Foundation in Tyler will be accepting grant applications from May 18 through June 10, 2021. Grant requests for support...more

Summer Program Merges Recreation and Educational Opportunities in Santa Fe
Foundation: Santa Fe Community Foundation

The City of Santa Fe is committed to providing fun, COVID-19 safe, accessible, educational and entertaining summer and after-school programs. Through the establishment of a strong five-year...more

Record Year of Charitable Giving for Vermont Community Foundation
Foundation: Vermont Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation, its fundholders, and charitable partners made $31.9 million in grants, more than 90 percent of which went directly into Vermont communities. This represents a 24...more






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