Play is fundamental to kid's whole child health and well-being. Play is a kid's preferred way of learning, and research demonstrates that play can enhance academic performance.

Despite all the benefits of play, not all children in the Rochester City School District have equitable access to the benefits of play in their education experience. Despite bright spots throughout the district, and a wealth of community organizations committed to the power of play, there is no coordination of these efforts, or mechanisms to support the transition of knowledge and resources between buildings. That's why the PlayROCs Advocacy Committee and families in the Rochester City School District have decided enough is enough! We need to make sure that potential of play is centered in our children's learning experiences. 

We need YOUR voice and feedback to create a vision for playful learning in the Rochester City School District. Families are driving the planning and development of this vision, but we need more support from you. All of the feedback we collect will inform our final vision and identify both short term and long term strategies for change.

There are a number of ways you can participate:

  • Join the meetings: Healthi Kids will be hosting a series of three meetings over the summer to get feedback from families and students on the current state of playful learning in the Rochester City School District, and brainstorm ways we can make it better. Our goal is to bring together an organization for every parent and student leader. If you're interested in participating in these meetings please fill out this form. Parents and primary caregivers who participate in the meetings will be compensated for their time and efforts. 
    • Meetings will be held virtually on the following dates: Thursday May 20th, Thursday June 3rd, and Thursday, June 10th from 5:30p - 8:00 p.m.
    • Sign up today 
  • Sign up to participate in our kitchen table conversations: If committing to a series of meetings this summer isn't doable for you, that's okay! Our team is willing to set up kitchen table conversations with families interested in participating. Just let us know what your preferred way of engaging is by filling out this form. Parents and primary caregivers who participate in these kitchen table conversations will be compensated for their time and efforts. 
    • Kitchen table conversations will occur throughout the summer. Our team will reach out to you if this is something you're interested in.
    • Sign up today  
  • Take our survey: We also have created a survey for parents and primary caregivers to fill out. The information we collect will be used to inform the final vision plan. 
  • Send us an e-mail: You can always send the Healthi Kids team an e-mail at info@healthikids.org with any feedback, thoughts, and comments. One of our team members will reach out to you.  

**Families and students who attend the meetings and kitchen table conversations will be compensated for their time. 

Student voice is SO important to this mission! We need YOUR voice and feedback to create a vision for playful learning in the Rochester City School District. While parents and primary caregivers are driving the planning and development of this vision, they have stressed that we NEED to amplify students needs, wants and desires too. All of the feedback we collect will inform our final vision and identify both short term and long term strategies for change. 

We are currently recruiting middle-school and high school students to join us. There are a number of ways you can participate:

  • Join the convening: Healthi Kids will be hosting a series of three meetings over the summer to get feedback from families and students on the current state of playful learning in the Rochester City School District, and brainstorm ways we can make it better. Our goal is to bring together an organization for every parent and student leader. If you're interested in participating in these meetings please fill out this form. Students who participate in the meetings will be compensated for their time and efforts. 
    • Meetings will be held virtually on the following dates: Thursday May 20th, Thursday June 3rd, and Thursday, June 10th from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
    • Sign up today 
  • Sign up to participate in our kitchen table conversations: If committing to a series of meetings this summer isn't doable for you, that's okay! Our team is willing to set up kitchen table conversations with students interested in participating. Just let us know what your preferred way of engaging is by filling out this form. Students who participate in these kitchen table conversations will be compensated for their time and efforts. 
    • Kitchen table conversations will occur throughout the summer. Our team will reach out to you if this is something you're interested in.
    • Sign up today  
  • Sign up for us to come to your youth group: Are you part of a youth group or student council? If you're interested in having our team come to get feedback from you directly, please reach out to us at info@healthikids.org
  • Take our survey: We also have created a survey for students to fill out. The information we collect will be used to inform the final vision plan. 
  • Send us an e-mail: You can always send the Healthi Kids team an e-mail at info@healthikids.org with any feedback, thoughts, and comments. One of our team members will reach out to you. 

**Families and students who attend the meetings and kitchen table conversations will be compensated for their time.