OLE!- Austin

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OLE! Austin

The OLE! Austin area coalition, under the leadership of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, will help expand the number of outdoor learning environments at childcare centers and raise awareness of the positive benefits that nature has on young children. OLE! Austin is pleased to announce the local demonstration site will be Austin Community College Children’s Lab School (ACC). Additional, OLE! Austin sites will be established at Child Inc's childcare centers.

The ACC Children’s Lab School is a full-day, year-round early childcare center that serves children six months through five years of age.

In addition to a commitment to serving as an OLE! demonstration site for other childcare centers, the coalition supports training landscape professionals to transfer OLE! best practices and provides training for childcare providers to feel confident in the outdoor spaces.

Designers trained in the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) Guidelines on Natural Play and Learning.

Plant Family Roots. Allie Cassell, 512-693-7884 phone

allie@plantfamilyroots.com and plantfamilyroots.com

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, John Hart Asher, 512.232.0109

jasher@wildflower.org and wildflower.org

Michelle Bertelsen, mbertelsen@wildflower.org

Child’s Play Landscape Design, Christi Moseley, christimoseley517@gmail.com

TBG Partners, Amy Starling Rampy, 512-327-1011 +107

amy.rampy@tbgpartners.com and tbgpartners.com

Partners committed to supporting OLE! Austin include:

  • LBJ Wildflower Center
  • UT School of Public Health
  • City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
  • Austin Community College Child Care and Development Department
  • GoAustin VamosAustin
  • Child Inc. Head start
  • CINCA (Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin)
  • TBG Partners
  • Cassell Landscape
  • Department of State Health Service
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas Children in Nature

Our partnerships continue to grow as the project grows. If you would like to get involved or find out more please contact United Way for Greater Austin Office 512.225.0389 email unitedwayaustin.org

Useful links specific to this project:

· http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/our-work/success-by-6/

· http://www.austincc.edu/childdev/labschool/

· http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/09/2017/outdoor-learning-environments-the-importance-of-play/