Play Champions Join Forces at Fourth Annual Conference on the Value of Play to Share Research and Insights Promoting Free Play for All A passionate group of just over 300 play enthusiasts convened at...
Sacramento is gearing up for 1200+ park, recreation and leisure services professionals (aka our “Superheroes of the Community”) to come together to learn from each other, learn from industry experts, and to share important experiences and best practices. They will join together at the 67th annual CPRS Conference & Expo being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, March 11 - 13, in Sacramento, California. The event is sponsored by the California Park & Recreation Society.
A couple of weeks back I attended the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. This conference is a great one to talk about play. My own presentation along with my colleagues was on play and social justice. Our social justice focus was on where children get to play and which children get to play in schools and playgrounds.
In order to provide safe, quality services, facilities, and programs to your users, it is critical that staff and volunteers are well trained. Having the right people in the right positions with necessary experience and education is a great first step. The next key step is providing continual training and education that is needed to keep personnel operating at the highest possible level. With today’s budget constraints, it is necessary to develop training programs that are effective and low cost. The good news is that many low cost or free training opportunities are available across a broad spectrum of topics.