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The PlayGarden was founded in 2002 on the core principles of Adventure Play, Garden to Table and Full Inclusion the PlayGarden was designed to be a safe, supportive, accessible and innovative place for children of all abilities to play.
A letter from our Executive Director
March 26, 2020
Dear Friends of the PlayGarden,
Every weekday morning at 9:45 our preschoolers gather together to “hangout” on Google with our teaching staff. They share projects and crafts they have made, they go on rainbow scavenger hunts in their houses, sing songs and listen to stories. It's gratifying to see their smiles and hear their voices singing along. It's enough to know that they are happy and healthy and that we will all be together again one day soon when the Covid-19 crisis slows.
“We are also recognizing the downside effects of a prolonged economic downturn especially on children, the disabled, poor people, small businesses and those without adequate health insurance, not to say the least about non-profits like ours”, says Dr. Chuck Cowan, PlayGarden Board member.
As I am sure you have gathered, Preschool is canceled until at least late April. We will reopen as soon as Seattle Public Schools resumes. On Wednesday the 25th Seattle Parks officially closed the PlayGarden to the public. We will follow their lead on when it is safe to play at the park. The garden continues to grow and the chickens, ducks, and bunnies have the run of the place.
As of today, summer camp is on schedule to begin on June 29th. Get your registration forms in soon as sessions are filling up. We are hoping to still run our spring Open Play sessions but the start date is like many things, up in the air.
The PlayGarden’s mission expanded in the past few years to include providing training, workshops, and materials to help others be more inclusive. It is now quite timely that we are developing an online learning hub with searchable lessons from our Toolkit: Say, “Yes” to Kids with Disabilities Stories and Strategies for Including ALL Kids. Our toolkit was written in 2019 and is available for free download on our website. It has been downloaded over 1, 200 times so far! Please share it with your teachers, coaches, and colleagues.
The new learning hub will be the main feature of our newly revamped website that will go live in early May. We want every camp, dance class, art class, museum, climbing gym and park to be welcoming to each and every family. The tool kit and learning hub are funded by the Best Start for Kids Initiative from Seattle King County Public Health.
We are still looking forward to the installation of our Pathway for Play project later this spring and are revisioning our Play + Learn + Grown Luncheon that was scheduled for May. Please stay tuned for more information on how we will raise enough funding to stay afloat. We’ll need your help.
Thank you for staying “by our side” and for all you are doing for our kids and community.
Please let us know what we can do to support you and your family.
Seattle Children's PlayGarden