Playing for Life: Integrating Physical Activity into Preschool Programs
What Has ANR Done?In Alameda County, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education, in partnership with Oakland Unified Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs is launching a district-wide playground stenciling effort for students aged 3-5 years old. Painting playground stencils and supporting teachers with structured physical activity curriculum that uses stenciled playgrounds is one way to increase opportunities for physical activity and support the development of healthy habits in low-resource school and community settings. Teachers are provided with the "Painted Playground Activities: A Guide for Grown-ups," adapted from the Orange County Department of Education. This guide offers age-appropriate games and activity prompts. California Department of Education information highlighting how stencils can meet certain Pre-K learning standards is also included.
Moving Forward: Play and Comprehensive Nutrition Education Programs for PreschoolIn the past year, over 200 preschool students in three ECE schools began participating in the PA initiative. With the support of The Clinton Global Initiative, two schools received complete playground stencils and garden refurbishment. Sites couple playground activities with UC CalFresh Nutrition Education curriculum (“Go Glow Grow and Grow It! Try It! Like It!”) for garden-enhanced learning. Playground stencils will be provided district wide over the next 3 years, reaching 24 ECE sites and serving nearly 2,000 students.
Clientele Testimonial“The kids really like the new playground stencils, they are finding all sorts of creative ways to engage with them”
- Teacher, Yuk Yau Child Development Center
ContactTuline Baykal, UC CalFresh Program Supervisor, Alameda County TNBAYKAL@UCANR.EDU
Mary Blackburn, PhD UC CalFresh Advisor, Alameda County MLBLACKBURN@UCANR.EDU
Andra Nicoli, UC CalFresh State Office, Program & Evaluation Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Byrnes, UC CalFresh State Office PA Manager email@example.com