Play 2 Learn Program is Enrolling for Third Group

August 11, 2023 (Forest City, NC) – Parents in Polk and Rutherford Counties have a great resource to equip them on the fact that kids don’t need tons of toys or fancy systems to help them learn. It’s as simple as child’s play.

“We are thrilled to launch our third play group,” said Jessica Osteen, Program Facilitator at Play 2 Learn, a program offered by the Partnership for Children of the Foothills. “Through this program, we can demonstrate important ways to help development, through the basics of play.”

The Play 2 Learn program promotes positive and healthy outcomes for our youngest children and supports parents and caregivers as they prepare their young ones for kindergarten. These are free, weekly two-hour play groups, involving parents/caregivers led by community facilitators that engage children and their caregivers in culturally and developmentally appropriate play activities. Through peer-to-peer and hands-on activities, parents and caregivers learn what they can do at home to support their children’s growth. In addition to the fun your children will have, meeting together provides parents and caregivers a sense of community and mutual support.

To inquire about participating in one of the three groups, please contact Jessica at 828-289-5213 or via email at

About Partnership for Children of the Foothills

With support from the NC Smart Start Initiative, Partnership for Children of the Foothills provides programs for children ages 0-5 and their families in the areas of Child Care/Education and Family Support. The Partnership builds and sustains relationships with community agencies and service providers, offering creative and unique programs for preschool children and their families, licensed childcare centers, and family childcare. For more information, visit:


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