The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host two virtual meetings this week to discuss the Co-Op Program’s expansion to Ridge Road Community Center (830 Ridge Rd. SE). The first is tonight – Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and the second Thursday Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m.
“We have heard from the communities in Ward 7 and Ward 8 and are happy to announce our first Cooperative Play program East of the River,” DC DPR said in a statement.
The DPR Cooperative Play Program (Co-op) is designed to advance youth development using outcome based programming and developmentally appropriate practices in a creative and recreational play environment.
The programming is designed to offer young children a solid foundation for emotional, physical, social, and intellectual growth.
Children are encouraged to explore and engage in all experiences offered with the help and guidance of their DPR Facilitator. Creativity within a play environment allows children to develop a positive identity and demonstrate increased abilities associated with knowledge and skills.
Each family is required to complete duty days to complement the on-site facilitators. Duty Participants are an integral part of DPR’s Cooperative Play Program, as well as an essential component of maintaining the proper adult-to-child ratio. All participating families are required to have one duty participant volunteer at least one day a week, per child.
In the 2021-22 program year, DPR will offer 11 cooperative play programs at nine locations. All but one are located in Northwest.
The program meets Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. September through May. Children ages 18 months to 4 years are eligible. Interested parents can attend an online information sessions to prepare for registration and to learn more about how the program works!
Click one of the links below to sign for a WebEx
Learn more about the DC DPR Cooperative Play Programs by visiting dpr.dc.gov/page/cooperative-play-program