OrganizationsKaBOOM! 4455 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite B100 Washington, DC 20008 Phone: 202-659-0215 Web: www.kaboom.org E-mail: [email protected]
Celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America.
Recognizing the need for places children can play amid the clean-up and rebuilding effort, in 2005 KaBOOM! introduced Operation Playground: Rebuilding Playgrounds, Restoring Childhoods. This is a new two-year initiative to build 100 playgrounds in Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources for communities that wish to plan new playspaces on their own.
It also offers an online web portal, www.kaboom.org, a forum for the cause of play and a clearinghouse for information on community-building, why play matters and playspace planning, building and maintenance. With online forums, project planning tools, free resources, and an upcoming vendor rating system, the KaBOOM! web portal brings together those seeking information with those who have the knowledge to share in a whole new way.
KaBOOM! offers the Tool Kit, a four-volume series of step-by-step manuals on playspace fundraising, planning, and maintenance. It also includes the Community-Build PlaySpace Manual, the Community FUNdraising Manual, the A to Z Community Assets & Resources Manual and the PlaySpace Owner’s Manual. The KaBOOM! Tool Kit is available for purchase online or by calling 202-659-0215.
The national KaBOOM! The University of Play (U Play!) and regional Workshops Entirely on Play (WE Play!), are training programs that give the community and playspace builders the skills and resources they need to believe in, plan and build their own playspace project. At U Play! and WE Play!, project planners have the opportunity to learn from and network with other project leaders, learn about special challenge grant opportunities, and get inspired to change the face of play in their community.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, CA.NPCAI P.O. Box 2364 Salt Lake City, UT 84110-2364 Phone: 888-908-9519 Fax: 801-355-2788 Web: www.playground-contractors.org E-mail: [email protected]
Since 1997 the International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI) has been assisting members worldwide by promoting proper playground installation business and construction practices.
NPCAI is a non-profit trade association formed and managed by a group of volunteer Board of Trustees, with an administrative staff that provides services to playground builders, sales reps, manufacturers, owners and the general public.
The NPCAI has developed the Playground Construction School to support the playground installation industry. The Playground Construction School is the most comprehensive course available for educating both new and seasoned playground installers about the highly specialized nature of today’s playground installations.
The Playground Construction School convenes four times a year at various locations across the nation. At the Playground Construction School, the NPCAI presents formalized and hands-on training in all aspects relating to playground construction.
The three-day, the action-packed course covers studying industry practices, understanding blueprints and installation manuals, proper playground construction procedures, job site safety, playground construction tools, installation techniques, surfacing and business practices. The course concludes with site visits addressing playground installation issues and a test.
If you are involved in playground construction in any way, the NPCAI is a must-have resource. Join the non-profit trade association and see how you can improve your playground construction projects and businesses.
National Playground Safety Institute
To locate an institute near you, please visit www.nrpa.org
The purpose of the National Playground Safety Institute’s Certification Course is to enable the participants to identify hazards on public playground equipment, rank the hazards according to injury potential and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections.
Upon completion of this course, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) is capable of establishing the basics of a sound risk reduction program, is able to audit a playground, establish a system of repair, retrofit and remove hazardous equipment and also establish a routine inspection system for his own agency.
Over the course of the three-day institute, participants attend in-class instruction, participate in hands-on activities such as field study and then complete an exam on the last day for the CPSI certification. These institutes are held in varying locations throughout the year.Playground Hound, LLC Playground Safety Awareness for Children Phone: 800-388-2196 Phone: 208-652-7926 Web: www.playgroundhound.com Web: www.slyde.com E-mail: [email protected]
Loved by children and respected by adults, nationally recognized safety icon SLYDE the Playground Hound delivers playground safety awareness to children pre-K to age seven. In-depth safety curriculum, live appearances, playground safety comic strips and children’s website www.slyde.com are just some of the teaching tools that make this the complete playground safety awareness program for children.
Invite SLYDE “live” to your playground safety event or school assembly. Children are drawn to model SLYDE’s cool and careful ways. Improved and safer behavior at the playground will result. “Children gravitate around SLYDE because he is truly a lovable character,” said Greg Lee of BCI Burke Company, R.G. Detmers and Associates.
Schedule a costume rental. Order products online at www.playgroundhound.com. Curriculum alignment to national standards makes implementation easy. Safety conscientious organizations can download an SLYDE website link and receive a free screensaver. Personalized programs are also available.National Program for Playground Safety UNI School of HPELS Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0618 Phone: 800-554-PLAY Fax: 319-273-7308 Web: www.playgroundsafety.org
The National Program for Playground Safety was established in October of 1995 by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention in Atlanta. It addresses the growing concern for playground safety issues throughout the United States. Through its efforts, parents, educators, city leaders, park officials and administrators responsible for playground structures and their maintenance will have access to current information about safety and appropriate playgrounds.