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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Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Raises $4.2M for Middle Tennessee Nonprofits
Foundation: Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Big Payback’s eighth annual 24-hour online giving event ended Thursday night by raising more than $4.2 million — $4,265,674 — in 32,941 donations to participating area nonprofit...more

Oregon Community Foundation Administers $41M in Summer Education Grants
Foundation: Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon Community Foundation will administer $41.2 million in state grants going to summer enrichment programs for K-12 students and other summer programs for families. The grants are designed...more

Energy Company Provides $200K for Pennsylvania Scholarships
Foundation: Berks County Community Foundation

UGI Energy Services is supporting 70 private and parochial schools and scholarship organizations in Pennsylvania, including the Berks County Community Foundation with a $200,000 contribution. The...more

Building Community One Meal at a Time - The Fork Real Café
Foundation: South Dakota Community Foundation

Fork Real Café began seven years back when Rhonda and Dave Pearcy had a vision to help reduce hunger and improve food security in Rapid City. The camaraderie at Fork Real Café and communal vibe...more

Ripley County Community Foundation Awards $130K in Grants
Foundation: Ripley County Community Foundation

During the first quarter of 2021, the Ripley County Community Foundation granted $130,364 to 26 to nonprofit Ripley County organizations. The RCCF experienced great success during the quarter...more

Summer Enrichment Programs get $40 Million from Oregon Community Foundation
Foundation: Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon Community Foundation is giving $40 million in state-funded grants to summer enrichment programs. The grants will principally support programs serving K-12 students from communities of...more

Online Course -Voices of Social Change
Foundation: International Youth Foundation

Coursera announces its Voices of Social Change, a free online short course co-designed and delivered by eight young social entrepreneurs. Voices of Social Change, powered by Laureate...more

Every Adult Can Build Youth Resilience and Help Students Thrive
Foundation: Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Tacoma Whole Child Partnership, and Tacoma Public Schools address how school employees who work in a capacity often referred to as support staff can also...more

Community-Based Learning Gets Official Designation

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus will have a new letter designation coming in the fall about what courses are community-based and what they entail. According to Kate Ksobiech, an...more

Valdry Center Offers Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships to Students

Valdry Center offers social entrepreneurship fellowships to a cohort of four social entrepreneurs. Over a 24-month period, fellows will live on campus, attend Valdry Center seminars, take courses,...more






Mulago Foundation’s Associate Portfolio Director, Kristin Gilliss, writes how the Skoll World Forum is featuring a variety of delegates and speakers working on innovative solutions to societal challenges worldwide.




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