The study of early childhood education has produced some extraordinary findings as of late. Many tenets of early childhood that we previously just knew or had a gut-level feeling for, now have research to confirm these beliefs; e.g., reading aloud to young children is good for them. Another gut-level tenet of education is that children need to have mastered self-control in order to be successful in school.
Many parks and recreation departments across the United States develop an important planning tool referred to as The Park Classification Plan. This plan is an effort on the part of community planners to ensure that residents have available the proper number of parks, in the best locations for use, with just the right amenities. This requires a thoughtful collection of key information and the application of high quality decision making. Playgrounds, associated areas, and equipment are critical to a well-conceived park plan. The following is a quick refresher in the development of this planning tool.