The Children at Play Network was established and continues its work regionally through the generous support of foundations, corporations and community businesses. CAPN continues to seek sponsorships to expand the reach and depth of the network to provide ever greater opportunities for children to connect to nature through free play to support their healthy development.
PNC Bank, through Grow Up Great, provided seed funding support and the Children at Play Initiative was born. With additional and continued assistance that effort has grown into the Children at Play Network, which through a web of relationships extends regionally to support children’s play opportunities.
The Brown-Forman Corporation joined CAPN as a sponsor in the development of Seeds for Urban Play, an effort to address issues of equity and access to safe outdoor free play through relationships with community-based organizations. Through these relationships, CAPN supports efforts determined and driven by communities to expand outdoor free play opportunities using a variety of strategies.
The Lift a Life Foundation became a CAPN sponsor in the second year of the Seeds for Urban Play initiative, supporting the development of a relationship with Play Cousins Collective resulting in free play days, free play facilitator training and the first Seeds for Urban Play Conference.
The Children at Play Network models its attitude on nature, which favors robust and constantly evolving networks of relationships. Regional change – and the resulting improved outdoor play and learning environments – can only happen through cooperation. We seek to develop partnerships through outreach to individuals, schools, organizations and champions of the new nature movement.We would like to include you in our ongoing efforts regardless of your starting point. Please reach out to us and help us understand what role you would like to play.The first step is to determine how you or your school or organization aligns or fits into the Children at Play Network vision, mission and set of core beliefs.
We understand that regional transformation cannot, and should not, be the work of any single organization, which is why we want to build strong and evolving relationships. CAPN partners with whom we have established formal partnerships are listed below. We believe, too, that you are a valuable part of the network and the effort to support free play in the outdoors, which is why we invite you to review our mission and vision statements to see where your work aligns with CAPN so that you or your organization may also develop a formal relationship with us so that we can work better together to build a better future for our children
National Organizational Partners and Inspiration for the Children at Play Network Include: