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Jan 11, 2011 2:19 PM by Andy Koen

Head Start and Urban League revamp playground

The snow and cold weather may have keep the preschoolers at the Urban League's Head Start program indoors today, but the youngsters are still excited about the upgrades made to their outdoor play area.

The Community Partnership for Childhood Development teamed up with the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region to bring the daycare center's playground up to safety standards.

New mulch was added, the playground equipment was adjusted to the proper height requirements, and safety barriers were installed to will cut down on the bumps and bruises.

Diane Allen-Philips, the interim CEO of the Urban League says they hoped to hold a dedication ceremony today, but the weather didn't cooperate.

"We've been given the opportunity to totally meet all of the standards and requirements for the playground refreshing, put the proper mulch in place and also create an environment for our children that is fun, exciting and just awesome."

Noreen Landis-Tyson, CPCD president and CEO says playing outdoors is essential to proper childhood development.

"These kiddos have the opportunity to play outside, develop their social skills, their gross motor skills their conflict resolution skills; all those things that playing with children outside in that kind of a setting develops to ensure that they're ready for school."

Around 30 preschoolers use the playground. The improvements cost around $13,000 and were paid for by funds donated to Head Start through the stimulus package.

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