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Major Funding Announced For Okanagan College Research Project Advocating Childhood Outdoor Play

Major funding announced for College research project advocating childhood outdoor play
Advancing Early Childhood Educators’ (ECE) training curricula to include the benefits of unstructured outdoor play for children’s wellbeing is no child’s play for Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Okanagan College’s Director of Learning and Teaching, it’s serious work that just received a significant national funding boost. On Jan. 7, the Lawson Foundation announced funding for 14 projects across Canada as part of its $2.7 million Outdoor Play Strategy. Dietze, who is leading the Okanagan College project with valuable education partners including Dr. Diane Kashin from Toronto’s School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, faculty at Lethbridge College in Alberta and at Northern College in Ontario, the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Canadian Child Care Federation received a $195,000 grant to develop a specialized training model for ECEs about children’s outdoor play that can be delivered in person or online, at no cost to participants.

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