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 CousinsCollective resulting in free play days, free play facilitator training and the first Seeds for Urban Play Conference.
The Face It Movement is CAPN’s most recent sponsor, supporting a new initiative for families interested in experiencing outdoor free play as a protective factor against the effects of child abuse and neglect. Through the support of Face It, CAPN will launch the Play for Families Project in 2023. Play for Families includes a quarterly parent education component, followed by a Play Meet Up at Playcosystem, where families can experience true outdoor free play in action, as well as nurture their own relationships and support systems.
Regional transformation cannot, and should not, be the work of any single organization, which is why we want to build strong and evolving relationships among like-minded individuals and organizations. CAPN membership provides opportunities for informational support, networking and advocacy so that all of us collectively can create a world where so every child has a place in nature where they feel free, safe, healthy, empowered and joyful. The following organizations and schools show their commitment to this vision through CAPN membership.
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Believing that child care is critical to social well-being and economic development, 4-C advocates for an equitable and innovative education system while supporting early childhood professionals who work to meet the needs of families with young children.
LEAP Outside’s mission is to foster a relationship between children, families, and nature; nurture children’s physical, social, and cognitive development through outdoor play in nature and nature-based activities; and build and support an inclusive and sustainable community.
Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being.
Portland Museum is an educational resource that collects, preserves, exhibits, interprets, and enhances the culture and heritage of Portland, a neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky that was once a thriving independent town.
Schmidt Associates. We create functional, enjoyable, meaningful spaces that meet the complex needs of our communities and improve lives.
SWT Design is an integrated landscape architecture firm. We plan and design outdoor environments that bring people together.
The Outdoor Collaborative. We are a forest school for families and strive to provide opportunities to explore the outdoors in and around the Louisville area. We connect our members with each other while they learn about our local environment and gain new skills along the way.
Wilderness Louisville. We are champions for Louisville’s natural areas from Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest city-owned urban forest, to the ones in your neighborhood.
Cornerstone Child Development Center is a child care center and preschool located in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. We provide a supportive, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment that provides each child with a quality early childhood experience, and promotes a life-long love of learning.
Sacred Heart Preschool. As the only International Baccalaureate (IB) preschool in the state of Kentucky, Sacred Heart Preschool is focused on the development of the whole child, preparing each student to become a compassionate, life-long learner.
Thrive Forest School We are Louisville’s first nature-based preschool, nestled in the beautiful woodlands of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. We’ve removed the walls and brought child-led, exploratory learning to where it makes the most impact: outside.