Creating Access to
There is a lot of evidence that outdoor and nature-based preschools could be an important step in rebuilding our child care systems for better outcomes.
They help children lower their stress levels and encourage them to be more physically active. Learning outdoors can help children concentrate and stay motivated. All families should have the option to send their children to an outdoor preschool and give them access to the mental health, physical health, and developmental benefits that they provide.
How We’re Working Towards Access
We envision a future where every family has the choice to send their kids to an accessible outdoor or nature-based preschool. To achieve our vision, we’re building an outdoor preschool coalition, creating tools, and advocating for policy change.
We partner with advocates across the country to develop useful tools to advance outdoor preschool and advocate for systems-level change that center equity.
Learn more about our Outdoor Preschool work and others at the Oregon Health & the Outdoors Initiative website.
Outdoor Preschool Policy Action Framework
Advocates of nature-based learning! Check out the newly released Outdoor Preschool Policy Action Framework. We’ve identified eight potential options to increase access to outdoor preschools. Whether it’s through local initiatives, partnerships, or licensing changes, find your unique pathway to make nature-based & outdoor preschools available to all children.
Outdoor Preschool Equity Toolkit
This resource was designed for current preschool providers to highlight best practices that schools are doing around the state to help families overcome financial, logistical, and cultural barriers to accessing nature-based and outdoor preschools. This Toolkit was created after conducting interviews with current nature-based and outdoor preschool providers across Oregon, all of whom are already taking steps to improve equity in their schools and community.
Have questions about Outdoor Preschool?
Lynny Brown | Partner, Health & Outdoors
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