“We are so excited to help local communities put research to action.”
- Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director, CPRS
Goals of the State-Wide Healthy Play Initiative
CPRS partnered with PlayCore and GameTime to promote play and health across California in an effort to report community outcomes. The program launched at the 2015 CPRS Conference with the goal of sharing initial outcomes at the 2016 CPRS Conference in Long Beach. Data collection and outcomes will continue to be collected over the course of the year, to be shared in 2017. The following goals of the initiative were outlined by CPRS, PlayCore, and GameTime:
- Expand upon the successful Parks Make Life Better!® campaign with a replicable, research-based training and action grant initiative that promotes health and wellness across California.
- Execute state-wide professional development across communities in an effort to create opportunities for professionals across disciplines to partner, network, and/or collaborate on health and wellness initiatives, as well as provide continuing education credits, research-based educational resources, and advocacy/consulting services to help parks and recreation professionals expand their knowledge and turn research into action.
- Provide action grants to high quality community projects that align to research-based design best practices and standards-based programs in an effort to collect meaningful outcomes and serve as a national model.
- Publish white papers and other advocacy communications and tools to further champion play and recreation initiatives and demonstrate effective strategies for all steps of the process, including community engagement, planning, fundraising, research-based design, building, and collecting community outcomes.