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Artificial Grass Graces Nursery At Burbank, California Church

A credit to nursery school

Parents, parishioners work together to raise cash to build play center so nursery can win accreditation.

After raising more than $16,000 for upgrades, the Burbank First United Methodist Church’s nursery school incorporated more than 400 new criteria for reaccrediting late last month.

Parents and parishioners pulled the funds together last summer to fund a new play space for youngsters at the church’s preschool this year.


The nursery school needed nearly $21,000 to build a play center in order to renew its National Assn. for the Education of Young Children accreditation in December.

To be accredited through the National Assn. for the Education of Young Children, the school had to adhere to more than 400 requirements ranging from their teachers’ credentials to the physical traits of their facility.

The school’s curriculum, which focuses on play- and activity-based lessons, was also scrutinized, but the most expensive part of the new standards was the play area.

“We had to first look at environment,” said Regina Martin, the school’s director.

“So we started with housekeeping issues such as painting, then we raised the funds to install a new playground structure.”

The new jungle gym includes climbing areas, movable play parts and three slides.

They also installed an artificial grass bottom to the roughly 700-square-foot play area, Martin said.


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