Cape Cod Toy Library
West Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
To provide enriching, accessible, culturally sensitive, educational environments and resources that promote learning through play experiences to foster healthy child development.
_ To increase community play-based learning experiences for children, families, childcare providers and educators.
_ To increase understanding of the life long need for play, as well as knowledge and skills to promote developmentally appropriate practices with children.
_ To facilitate children's health and brain development including their social-emotional, cognitive, sensory-perceptual, creative and physical development.
Children's fundamental need to play will be respected, nurtured, listened to and responded to in developmentally appropriate ways. Children and families will be equipped with the fundamental play-based learning experiences that give them the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to:
* Achieve successful relationships in families, school and work,
* Realize joy in learning at school, work and life,
* Express creativity and innovative thinking to their fullest potential,
* Adapt to changes in their lives and the world, and
* Lead healthy and socially-emotionally balanced lives.
What We DoWe provide a screen-free, inclusive community play space as well as a toy library, educational resources and professional guidance for families, childcare providers, educators and mental health practitioners. We also offer parent and professional development workshops regarding the role of play in brain development, healthy child development and learning.
Since COVID restrictions, we have used social media to post supportive articles and guidance to parents. We are currently creating a series of parent-child videos that include tips for reading and playing with children.
We are working towards completing the cataloging process of the 900+ toys in our collection so that we can begin our toy lending program - for curb side pick up or delivery once COVID protocols make it possible.