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Ten Low-Cost or No-Cost Ideas for Outdoor Active Fun 

The warm weather is finally here and it's time to get outside! Check out our new  Fast Facts - Outdoor Active Fun on a Budget

Fast Facts on Safety Surfacing for Playgrounds


There are a lot of different materials out there for safety surfacing on playgrounds - and all are not created equal. Our  Fast Facts - Selecting and Installing Safety Surfacing   provides a basic overview of playground safety surfacing requirements, typical playground surfacing options, pros and cons of various surfacing types, as well as information on the procurement of playground surfacing, and how to go about hiring qualified installers.



The Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) is an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to expanding access to quality child care and early education opportunities throughout Rhode Island. The RICCELFF provides the capital and technical expertise that child care and early learning centers need to improve the quality and capacity of their physical space. The RICCELFF provides a combination of training, technical assistance, grant funding and flexible, affordable financing for a wide range of indoor and outdoor projects including minor renovations or construction of new, state-of-the art facilities and playground spaces. Click the logo below to learn more about what the RICCELFF can offer your program. 



May 2015 eNews

Become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector

There is still time to sign up for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Examination, which is sponsored by the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course provides individuals with the proper training needed to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards and prepares them to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector examination. CPSI certification gives inspectors the knowledge to inspect playgrounds for safety issues using current ASTM International standards and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines.  


For more information on the importance of inspections, download our Fast Facts - Playground Safety Inspection


A Different Perspective on Classroom (and Playground) Design


Check out this TED Talk video about a school in Tokyo designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. It's always fun to see how other countries assess risk and utilize the built environment to become part of learning. 

The Impact of the Environment on Learning

In the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, the environment is referred to as "the third teacher". The focus on the importance of the environment lies in the belief that children can best create meaning and make sense of their world through environments which support...  Read More

Gardening with Children

With spring blooming all around us, what better way to teach our kids about how things grow than to start gardening with them? Read More