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Institute on Outdoor Play Environments
July 26, 2002

"Many things we need can wait, the child cannot...To them we cannot say tomorrow, their name is today."—Gabriella Marella


The Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National-Louis University has announced its Fall Management Institute, "Outdoor Play Environments", taking place on September 27-28, 2002 in Wheeling, Illinois. Guest trainers Vicki L. Stoeklin of the White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group and Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety will present two full days of useful ideas for transforming outdoor play space at child care centers. Topics to be addressed include: understanding the design process, budgets for outdoor construction or renovation, using nature as an integral element of the outdoor play enviroment, training and supporting staff in outdoor play supervision, complying with the ADA, and evaluating outdoor space and equipment safety hazards. For complete details, call (800) 443-5522 ext. 7703, or send an e-mail request to eeisenberg@nl.edu.

The classic book on center design is the Exchange best-seller Caring Spaces, Learning Places by James Greenman. For details go to www.ChildCareExchange.com.


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