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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Peninsula Community Foundation Giving Day has Record Results
Foundation: Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia

Give Local 757!(TM) the annual 24-hour day of giving hosted on the second Tuesday in May by the Peninsula Community Foundation raised a record $1,712,358 in 2021. The donations, which came from...more

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

Grants from Midlands Community Foundation for Kids and Police
Foundation: Midlands Community Foundation

The Midlands Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $115,654 to to 36 non-profit organizations in Sarpy and Cass counties in Nebraska. Included in the grants were funding for the Cass...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

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

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

Home-Delivered Food Boxes Reduced Food Insecurity Among Adults, but Not Children

On an episode of On the Evidence, J.B. Wogan, Senior Manager of Strategic Communications, talk about a demonstration using home-delivered boxes packed with fruit, vegetables, and other shelf-stable...more

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...more

New Tools for Improving Attendance in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

The U.S. Department of Education's Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to provide support of their initiative called...more

Impact Investing Partnership Helps Operation HOPE Serve More Families and Children
Foundation: San Diego Foundation

A new impact investing partnership between The San Diego Foundation and local nonprofit Operation HOPE – North County is recently launched to enable organizations and donors to leverage charitable...more






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