Natural Start Forum: Outdoor Preschool Policy Action Framework

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Advocates of outdoor learning! Watch the recorded conversation about the newly released Outdoor Preschool Policy Action Framework. The forum took place Wednesday, April 21, 3-4:30 PM ET/12-1:30 PM PT.

Willamette Partnership’s Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative partnered with outdoor early childhood experts across the country to develop the Outdoor Preschool Policy Action Framework. The framework helps advocates — from parents, teachers, and administrators to elected officials — find a pathway to make outdoor preschool available to all. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this work, so this resource identifies many potential options you can use to start moving your state along the pathway to make outdoor preschools available to everyone!

Contributors 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.

Hear stories from the field as we discuss the policy strategies that you can take to make outdoor preschools more accessible. We envision a future where all children have the option to attend an outdoor or nature-based preschool.

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