— David Elkind, Ph.D., The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally
Why Did We Start Play?
Brookside Community Play was created in 2016 to combat the real-life trauma that kids in our community face on a daily basis.
Academic failure, abuse, neglect, and food insecurities are issues that are commonplace in our poverty-stricken neighborhood.
Research shows that children struggle to grow socially and emotionally when they experience high levels of trauma. A child’s brain cannot function when it resides in a constant state of chaos. Our play-based programs allow us to create safe play opportunities where kids can develop healthy relationships with adults and peers.
Brookside Community Play exists to provide structured play opportunities that help children and youth grow emotionally, spiritually, physically, and academically.
Children and youth can overcome the effects of trauma to live a hope-filled life.
By the Numbers
84% of our participants saw improvement in their social and emotional well-being.*
750+ hours of play-based programming each year
64 children participated in our after school play program.
175 children participated in our summer play program.
38 children participated in our play camps.
100% of participants report that they made a new friend through play programming.
100% of participants report that they solved a problem using a skill that was taught through play programming.
The need in our community is great.
46.2% of 3rd grade students are failing the IREAD-3 test, prohibiting them from advancing to 4th grade.
Only 9.1% of students in our local elementary school, passed both the English/Language Arts and Math portions of the ISTEP test in 2018.
Source: Indy Star
71% of families in our community have an income below 185% of the federal poverty level.
100% of the children in our after school programs come from households below the Federal Poverty Level
(self-reported income at registration)