Since 2013, Elena has come to “play” at the Courage Kenny Kids’
Early Childhood Family Center in Stillwater. A rare genetic disorder
affects her development in most areas. Her mom Deb drops Elena off at
Courage Kenny Kids where the therapists make sure she gets to her pre-school
classroom. For a busy mom who also has a toddler at home, a simple
connection like this makes a world of difference.
“I totally love it,” Deb says. “I’ve gotten to know
both the school and the clinic staff. I’ve also made connections with other
parents who are walking the same path.
“Elena’s confidence has improved so much since using the
Move N Learn Center. It’s stressful for me to watch her at other,
non-accessible parks and play areas because I’m afraid she’ll hurt herself. The
Center is safe, really fun and not nearly as stressful for me as a mom.”
“It’s hard to motivate kids on stairs that go nowhere,” said
Barb Diederichs, physical therapy coordinator. “Through play they don’t even
know they are doing therapy.
there to support the teachers and paraprofessionals in the classroom,” she
said. “We can teach the teachers how kids can be integrated into the
The Move N
Learn Center at the Early Childhood Family Center (ECFC) in Stillwater is a
unique indoor playground designed to include young learners of all abilities.
Part of Courage Kenny Kids, it is located in gym space shared by all ECFC
programs and incorporates real life challenges – a variety of stairs, ramps and
curbs that kids may encounter in their home and in the community. The Center
provides a space for children to work and learn together under the guidance of
therapists, teachers and families. Small play nooks, see-through floor areas,
wall activity stations, murals and slides promote creative play, physical
exploration and task repetition.
The Move N Learn Center was made possible by funds raised by Courage Kenny
Foundation, Stillwater Area Public Schools, and a grant from CVS Caremark
Charitable Trust and community members.