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All-abilities playground opens at PUSD's inclusive preschool

'Kiddos are super excited' -- students, parents, staff celebrate at ribbon-cutting

The Pleasanton Unified School District community came together on March 28 to celebrate the ceremonial opening of the new all-abilities playground at the IPAL Preschool at Harvest Park. (Photo courtesy of PUSD)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to inaugurate the new playground at IPAL (Inclusive Play and Learn) Preschool last week in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

(Photo courtesy of PUSD)

The all-abilities facility has been open since February but it was officially welcomed March 28, generating excitement among school children, parents and community members at the Harvest Park Preschool Center.

"Kiddos are super excited about the playground and the parents have all been excited," said Erin Doff, a teacher at the school. "We have visitors who come to take a look at the playground, and they use all aspects of it, which is really important and really what we wanted. So glad to see that come to life."

School teachers at IPAL participated to a great extent to bring the all-abilities park into reality.

"The teachers here have worked really hard to really get this playground going by participating in the grant and doing whatever is necessary to really help support this," Doff said.

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The staff and teachers at the school go above and beyond for the success of this structure. "Doing whatever is necessary to really help support this classroom, playground being built, really looking at every detail, so that all students can access it," Doff said.

It is not just a modification but a completely new playground, according to Doff.

Careful thought went into the material used for the construction of the area, which includes features like ramps, bumpy-rocky area and fake turf among other attractions.

The Pleasanton Unified School District community came together on March 28 to celebrate the ceremonial opening of the new all-abilities playground at the IPAL Preschool at Harvest Park. (Photo courtesy of PUSD)

"They can walk to a glider where they can sit down and glide with their friends and have peer interactions with their friends. We have a sensory path that goes around the whole playground, or actually the whole park area, so that kiddos of all abilities can walk around the whole playground area," Doff said.

Steel pipes are used to protect children wearing the cochlear implants.

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"We put that in because kiddos with cochlear implants don't receive static shock on those versus the plastic slide," Doff said.

The hard work of everyone at school paid off with the playground, and the preschool boasts of inclusivity both inside the classroom and outside on the playground.

"The inclusiveness of the playground really helps support our program that we have in our classrooms, now that inclusivity is followed through to the outside of our program," Doff said.

The Pleasanton Unified School District community came together on March 28 to celebrate the ceremonial opening of the new all-abilities playground at the IPAL Preschool at Harvest Park. (Photo courtesy of PUSD)

The IPAL Preschool at Harvest Park is a first-of-its-kind preschool in the area that is geared toward students of all ability levels.

The preschool caters to all kids between 3 to 5 years old. Since its establishment, the school has propagated inclusivity by encouraging all students to learn together in a developmentally appropriate educational setting.

Preschoolers here are taught to build friendships in a real-world classroom environment. Additionally, they are taught to solve problems, build relationships, early academic skills, classroom readiness skills and respect for others, officials said.

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All-abilities playground opens at PUSD's inclusive preschool

'Kiddos are super excited' -- students, parents, staff celebrate at ribbon-cutting

by Shiri Marwaha / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Apr 6, 2022, 10:27 pm

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to inaugurate the new playground at IPAL (Inclusive Play and Learn) Preschool last week in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

The all-abilities facility has been open since February but it was officially welcomed March 28, generating excitement among school children, parents and community members at the Harvest Park Preschool Center.

"Kiddos are super excited about the playground and the parents have all been excited," said Erin Doff, a teacher at the school. "We have visitors who come to take a look at the playground, and they use all aspects of it, which is really important and really what we wanted. So glad to see that come to life."

School teachers at IPAL participated to a great extent to bring the all-abilities park into reality.

"The teachers here have worked really hard to really get this playground going by participating in the grant and doing whatever is necessary to really help support this," Doff said.

The staff and teachers at the school go above and beyond for the success of this structure. "Doing whatever is necessary to really help support this classroom, playground being built, really looking at every detail, so that all students can access it," Doff said.

It is not just a modification but a completely new playground, according to Doff.

Careful thought went into the material used for the construction of the area, which includes features like ramps, bumpy-rocky area and fake turf among other attractions.

"They can walk to a glider where they can sit down and glide with their friends and have peer interactions with their friends. We have a sensory path that goes around the whole playground, or actually the whole park area, so that kiddos of all abilities can walk around the whole playground area," Doff said.

Steel pipes are used to protect children wearing the cochlear implants.

"We put that in because kiddos with cochlear implants don't receive static shock on those versus the plastic slide," Doff said.

The hard work of everyone at school paid off with the playground, and the preschool boasts of inclusivity both inside the classroom and outside on the playground.

"The inclusiveness of the playground really helps support our program that we have in our classrooms, now that inclusivity is followed through to the outside of our program," Doff said.

The IPAL Preschool at Harvest Park is a first-of-its-kind preschool in the area that is geared toward students of all ability levels.

The preschool caters to all kids between 3 to 5 years old. Since its establishment, the school has propagated inclusivity by encouraging all students to learn together in a developmentally appropriate educational setting.

Preschoolers here are taught to build friendships in a real-world classroom environment. Additionally, they are taught to solve problems, build relationships, early academic skills, classroom readiness skills and respect for others, officials said.

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Margo
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Hacienda Gardens
on Apr 13, 2022 at 1:15 pm
Margo, Hacienda Gardens
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on Apr 13, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Is this new all-abilities playground at the IPAL Preschool at Harvest Park open to the public?


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