The Children at Play Network is partnering with Play Cousins Collective (PCC) to host a regional conference addressing children’s access to play and nature in urban communities and the opportunities and challenges of providing equity. The first Seeds for Urban Play Conference will be held on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at the St. Stephen Family Life Center in Louisville, KY. (Stay tuned for registration information).
Dr. Harold Pinkney, of Clemson University, Courtney Gardner and Ben Dalbey of Free for All Baltimore will present, as well as others, with a focus on providing an array of play experiences for children of color, the role of gendered differences and identify formation through play, connecting black youth to natural settings and implications for policies, cultural competencies and training.
Kristen Williams, executive director of Play Cousins Collective (PCC), will discuss the landscape of play for African-American children in Louisville and the partnered efforts of PCC and the Children at Play Network to support free play opportunities and expand the language of play in community. Play Cousins Collective is a non-profit organization providing children’s programming, family engagement and community resources to empower African-American families to improve outcomes for young children.
This conference is intended for parents, advocates, educators, youth programming, healthcare and other interested community organizations.
Here are a few articles and academic papers related to the conference focus: