Fostering community and measuring impact: What’s working in playful learning cities
More than half of the world’s children are growing up in cities. Yet, children and families are often invisible to urban planners, developers, and architects when implementing policies and practices that shape the built environment.
Playful Learning Landscapes (PLL) is a culturally adaptable and sustainable approach for creating more child-friendly cities by augmenting opportunities for play, learning, and healthy development in the public realm.
On Wednesday, October 12, Brookings Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking and the Center for Universal Education, in partnership with Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN), hosted an in-person and virtual event to examine how cities are infusing playful learning in their communities. The event kicked off with an opportunity for attendees to interact with PLL activities and then featured panel discussions on community engagement and measuring the impact of playful learning in public spaces.
Viewers submitted questions by emailing email@example.com or tweeting to @BrookingsMetro using the hashtag #PlayfulLearningLandscapes.
Panel 1: Co-creating Playful Learning Landscapes sites with community members
Executive Director - Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN)
Early Childhood Education Pipeline Specialist - Enlace Chicago
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Temple University
Director - Parks and Recreation, City of Pittsburgh
Panel 2: Measuring the impact of Playful Learning Landscapes sites
Jennifer S. Vey
Senior Fellow - Brookings Metro
Director - Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking
Urban Designer - Interface Studio
Pediatrician - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network
Assistant Professor of Psychology - Pace University
Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education
Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University
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