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WPVI: Rec center reopening has impact on North Philadelphia community

WPVI: Rec center reopening has impact on North Philadelphia community

from WPVI by Beccah Hendrickson On 15th and York Streets in North Philadelphia, the community is rediscovering Winchester Park. The rec center had been vacant for the past five years, after being unstaffed under the previous city administration. The community leaders...

WHYY: Mental gymnastics at the bus stop

WHYY: Mental gymnastics at the bus stop

from WHYY by Shirley Min Regular conversations between parents and their kids are key for a child’s development. Knowing that, two local professors have teamed up with people around the world to increase conversation, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. They’re...

NPR: “The Key to Raising Brilliant Kids: Play a Game”

NPR: “The Key to Raising Brilliant Kids: Play a Game”

from NPR by Cory Turner and Anya Kamenetz We all want to raise smart, successful kids, so it's tempting to play Mozart for our babies and run math drills for kindergartners. After all, we need to give them a head start while they're still little sponges, right? "It...

“Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes”

“Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes”

from Brookings by Jenny Perlman Robinson Playful Learning Landscapes seeks to transform everyday spaces into playful learning opportunities to maximize “the other 80 percent” of time that children spend outside school. It lies at the intersection of the growing Child...

Motherly: Pediatricians say play is the medicine our kids need

Motherly: Pediatricians say play is the medicine our kids need

from Motherly by Heather Marcoux It brings a smile to their faces and ours, while lowering stress and building little brains. Play is such an important part of childhood, but opportunities for play in modern life are shrinking, and the American Academy of Pediatrics...

The Atlantic: Playtime May Bolster Kids’ Mental Health

The Atlantic: Playtime May Bolster Kids’ Mental Health

from The Atlantic by Angela Lashbrook “Play has become a four-letter word.” So says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a psychologist at Temple University and one of the authors of a new paper about the importance of play in children’s lives. The clinical report, published by the...