Play & Learn of East Central Iowa

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Play & Learn logoPlay & Learn of East Central Iowa is a program designed to help caregivers learn more about child development, how children learn and what they can do at home to help the children in their care grow and learn. Through Play & Learn of East Central Iowa, caregivers learn that they don’t need fancy toys, equipment, or degrees in child development to make a positive difference. They can help children learn by supporting them, talking with them and providing them with time and attention and that there are things at home that they can explore and play with.

Play and Learn of East Central Iowa is an organized play group for young children (0-5 years old) and the people who take care of them – their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members and family friends.

You will have lots of FUN together:
• Telling Stories 
• Creating Art 
• Singing Songs 
• Playing 
• Learning!

Groups are FREE, and do not require registration.  A different topic is covered every week, so make sure to come regularly!  Join us at any Play & Learn location!

Each group has a facilitator that plans and sets up activities for the children and their caregivers to play together.  As they play, the facilitator helps caregivers learn more about child development, how children learn through play and what they can do at home to help the children in their care grow and learn.

Why is Play & Learn of East Central Iowa important?  The early years of life are crucial in setting the stage for later success in school and life. Children are born learning and it’s important for the people who take care of children to know that. It’s also important for them to know how they can support children’s learning and healthy development and that what they are doing has a life-long impact on the child.

 

 

Play and Learn Winter Weather Cancellation Policy

Because your safety and the safety of your children is essential, in the event of inclement weather, all Play and Learn classes of East Central Iowa will follow the Cedar Rapids Community School District.  When the Cedar Rapids Community School District is closed there will be NO morning, afternoon or evening Play and Learn classes.

If the Cedar Rapids Community School District has a delay or late start, due to inclement weather, there will be no morning Play and Learn classes.

If the Cedar Rapids Community School District has an early release, again due to inclement weather, there will be no afternoon or evening Play and Learn classes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Play and Learn Director, Lisa Person, at (319) 377-9839 ext. 405 or visit Play and Learn of East Central Iowa Facebook page for updates

 

 

 

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Funding Update

For the past three years, a portion of Young Leadership Society Members’ gifts helped launch Play & Learn. Since inception, this program offered opportunities for hundreds of children to develop cognitive skills while providing caregivers education on how to make play time a truly educational experience. The Young Leaders Society is proud of the partnership and the impact Play & Learn has had in the community.

However, after three years of funding, the Young Leaders Committee has made the decision to switch focus to an early literacy initiative - RED  Ahead (Read Every Day to get Ahead) - effective June 30, 2014. This decision comes as an effort to reach our targeted population of low-income families, be able to track progress, and help even more children develop the early skills they need to succeed in school.

 

Sponsors

United Way's Young Leaders Society Supports Play and Learn The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Supports Play and Learn

Groups are FREE, and occur every week with a different topic each week.
No registration required. Join us at any Play & Learn location!

Play & Learn Locations:

Ladd Library
3750 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids
Mondays
10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 Fifth Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Jane Boyd Community House
943 14th Avenue S.E., Cedar Rapids
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Hiawatha Public Library
150 Willman St., Hiawatha
Thursdays
10 -11:30 a.m.


Questions? Contact Us:
Play & Learn

ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County
383 Collins Rd. NE Suite 201
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-377-9839 ext. 405
Email: lperson@iastate.edu

 

Amanda’s Story

campaign celebration 2013 2 (76)Amanda:

My son and I, Grant, are participants of Play & Learn that is sponsored and funded by United Way. I just don’t have enough good things to say about this program. It is wonderful. The best thing about it is that it gives us the opportunity to have Grant get the experience to have some social skills with other children his age. They go up to age five and Grant is two, and he’s not in daycare so he gets the chance to be around other kids, learn how to play, socialize and things that he wouldn’t get just being at home.

Caregiver feedback

"This is a great opportunity to get my child interacting with other kids in a fun environment. She also loves circle time and Miss Lisa. She talks about it at home all the time and looks forward to it each week."

“Play and Learn is so great for building a sense of community.”

“I LOVE the cultural diversity represented at Play & Learn and would love to see more topics on other cultures!”

Survey results

85% of respondents say that Play and Learn has increased their knowledge of what to expect of their child and of how children can learn and be ready for school.

83% of respondents say that Play and Learn has caused them to improve their habits regarding helping their children behave, helping their children learn to read and understanding their children’s feelings.

212 caregivers attended Play & Learn sessions with 318 children from January through March 2013