Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN) fosters the creation of playful learning infrastructure and activities in everyday spaces where children and families gather. PLLAN works with communities, designers, and researchers to transform spaces like corner lots, laundromats, and bus stops into hubs of playful learning. Providing equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities enhances children’s cognitive and social development and prepares them for success in the 21st-century. “Kids learn from exposure,” said UC Irvine (UCI) Assistant Professor Andres Bustamante, who leads the project with his research team. One of the project’s central ideas is that through the installations, children will be able to engage with math, reading and science with their parents and caregivers in public spaces, such as grocery stores, bus stops and laundromats.
PLLAN has an opening for a Program Manager. This full-time (40 hours/week) position will be responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of grant-funded work (about 65%), coordinating with contractors (about 20%), and contributing to PLLAN’s overall mission (about 15%). The ideal candidate will have expertise in the science of children’s development as well as experience leading community meetings and delivering trainings to professionals in different fields. Although PLLAN operates in cities across the United States and in a handful of international cities, Philadelphia, PA serves as the demonstration city for playful learning projects. Accordingly, the ideal candidate will be located in or near Philadelphia.