Stay-N-Play pilot program

Published: May. 25, 2018 at 7:55 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Kids always want to play and busy parents don’t always have the time. But, Alignment Rockford created a pilot program called Stay-N-Play to give families time to play.

Stay-N-Play is an eight week program held for an hour each Friday. During the eight weeks families get to do different activities like finger painting, block building, picnics and many other things. This program is a way to get young kids active. Operation manager at Alignment Rockford Katy Haun says that doing activities with you kids can help them be more prepared to learn in school.

“There is a lack of awareness among many people,” said Haun. "Myself included that some of these really critical early childhood active play engaging play experiences promote educational experiences that promote kindergarten readiness.”

Jalisa Henderson, a mom who attended the program with her daughter, feels she can already see her daughter learning from just the eight-week class.

"Now she can interact with other people then besides her family,” said Henderson. “So besides us she knows to say hi and bye to other people."

She also feels that she has created a bond with her daughter and has learned a lot.

“You need to learn about being a parent, nobody knows everything about being a parent so it helps,” said Henderson.

Stay-N-Play is coming to an end but Alignment Rockford plans to start up a similar program beginning this fall. To learn more information, you can visit their website at