The Arlitt PlayScape
Discover more about this outdoor research laboratory at UC.
Date: 8/15/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
The $401,000 project is a partnership with UC’s Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center, Cincinnati Nature Center and the UC Office of the Architect.About the Cincinnati Nature PlayScape Initiative
The Cincinnati Nature PlayScape Initiative partnership was initially supported by a grant awarded to the Cincinnati Nature Center from the Harriet Williams Downey Fund at Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
The grant was to:
- Support the preparation of landscape architects in creating Nature PlayScapes
- Build two PlayScapes in Greater Cincinnati
- Educate the Cincinnati USA community about the health and educational benefits of frequent play in nature
A PNC Grow Up Great science grant provided additional support to the partnership.
Cincinnati Nature Center opened its 1.6 acre Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape last August.About the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center
The UC Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center
is nationally recognized for its approach to teaching and research. Providing more than 85 years of educational excellence for children 3 to 5 years old, the center is one of the oldest and most diverse preschool programs in the United States. It was the first Cincinnati preschool staffed by teachers who were specifically trained in early childhood education. The center has a blended Head Start and tuition program, serving children of varying cultures, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.