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Group working to develop outdoor playplace for kids

DECATUR -- Some educators say kids are spending too much time indoors.
DECATUR -- Some educators say kids are spending too much time indoors. An area daycare center is looking to reverse the trend. It's called the New Baby Talk Early Headstart Playscape. WCIA-3's Maggie Hockenberry paid a visit.

"My kids spend too much time indoors. They love to be outside, but with computers and video games and stuff like that, everybody is stuck inside."

With so many kids living in apartments and houses with little to no yards, the Baby Talk Early Headstart is working to get them a place to play.

"What we are trying to do is really develop something called a natural playscape, a natural environment for outdoor play and exploration for very young children."

That's why they are building this are as a place for children to play and learn safely outside. The playground is for infants to 3-years old. It will include a tricycle path, building blocks and even a garden.

"And, very much like a classroom, everything will be partitioned off."

But first, they need the money to build it.

"We're in the midst of raising funds for the purpose of this project. We estimated it would cost $50,000 and we still have about $25,000 more to raise."

It's a small price to pay to get kids playing outside and an early age.

"Even when my kids go outside, there's no other kids to go play with or run with because everyone's pretty much inside."

The owner of Mike Williams Plumbing will be writing them a check Tuesday for $2,000, but they still need financial help.

For more information, call Courtney Kirk (217) 422 - 9930 or email her.
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