California Statewide Education and Funding Initiative

CPRS Healthy Play Initiative

Parks Make Life Better!  

CPRS, PlayCore, and GameTime are strategically partnering to support and promote "Parks Make Life Better!" through education and funding opportunities. The goals of the initiative are:


Statewide Education:
Interactive professional development events will provide training experiences about how play and recreation are essential to creating healthier, happier communities. Ideal for parks and recreation professionals, landscape architects, educators, and other play advocates, these education events and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are being offered at no cost through PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research, and Education Deploy.  Join us June 7th, 8th, 9th, 21st, 22nd, or 23rd for an event in your area.

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Apply Now for Matching Funds! Due Jul 29


GameTime will provide up to $2 Million in matching funds to CPRS members to support the deployment of National Demonstration Sites across California to create outdoor play and recreation spaces that align with evidence-based best practices. These projects of excellence will implement evidence-based best practices in the areas of inclusion, nature integration, physical activity, and adult fitness.


Outcomes and Data Collection:
Data collection, outcomes sharing, and impact reports will further champion parks and recreation as an essential contributor to improving the quality of life for children, families, and communities in California. Awardees will assist in data collection and reporting that will be shared with CPRS and their members to create awareness, support advocacy efforts, and further the goals and mission of CPRS.

Goals of the CPRS Statewide Initiative

Provide Professional Development Events

Broaden the knowledge base across the state

Presented by PlayCore master trainers, these half-day CEU workshops cover important topics such as designing inclusive play and recreation spaces, creating nature-infused and trail-based play environments, encouraging greater physical activity for children and promoting health and wellness for older teens and adults. 

Deploy Research and Outcomes Tracking

Set the standard and improve quality of life

By gaining a better understanding of how parks are used across the state of California, CPRS agencies can adjust programming and usage to better serve children and families and have a greater impact on quality of life.

Develop Joint Use Ventures

Align parks, schools and health partners

Bringing together the right partners means sharing services and increasing social capital in the process. Working as a team, we can make California a happier, healthier place to live, work and play!

Provide Matching Funds Assistance

Put research into action

GameTime is awarding matching funds to qualifying agencies who submit applications after attending a CPRS statewide initiative event. Your application will include an essay that describes your community playground needs and desired outcomes. 

CPRS Statewide Initiative Timeline
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Master Trainer - Jennie Sumrell, M.Ed

Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development

Jennie has worked with children and families of all abilities for nearly ten years. Her formal training and experience in early childhood education, exceptional learning, special education, and assistive technology allow her to have a meaningful influence on program and product development. Jennie is responsible for programs and partnerships that help build communities through play and she leads PlayCore’s community outreach providing continuing education to professionals across the country.

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Session Agenda

11:30am - 11:45am: Arrival & Lunch

11:45am - 12pm: Welcome & Introductions

12pm - 1:00pm: Education Session

1:00pm - 1:15pm: Overview of Statewide Initiative Funding Opportunity

1:15pm-1:30pm: Next Steps, Surveys, and Closing

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Lunch and Educational Resources Provided

Each educational event includes lunch and all educational materials covered in the session, including research and evidence-based guidebooks and curriculum from leading play researchers and universities.

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Accreditation and CEUs

CEUs will be awarded at each professional development event. PlayCore is accredited to award continuing education certification by AIA, IACET, and LA/CES. CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA/CES HSW PDH) will be provided.

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Professional Development Learning Objectives
GameTime Funding Initiative Submit Your Funding Application

Up to 100% Matching Funds for Play Systems

Communities who are awarded funds as part of the CPRS Statewide initiative can apply their funding award toward the purchase of PowerScape, PrimeTime, Xscape and IONiX play systems.

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Additional Funds for Challenge Course Available

Create a multigenerational fitness destination in your parks with Challenge Course. CPRS Statewide Initiative funds can be applied to the purchase of Challenge Course Pro or Youth Series.

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Up to $12,000 in Funds for Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Help adults in your community stay more active and achieve their health and wellness goals. CPRS Statewide Initiative funds can be applied to these Outdoor Fitness Packages.

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