Play on Purpose

What are Play On Purpose Spots?

Learn to Earn Dayton is excited to be helping create Play On Purpose — POP for short — Spots across our community. 


Humans’ brains develop the fastest in the early years. That’s why we want to encourage families to have playful and fun learning experiences with their children as they go about their day. Shopping for groceries, waiting for a bus, sitting in a doctor’s office and playing in the park are all great opportunities to talk with young children and build the synapses that are the foundation for learning.

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When families see a POP Spot, we hope they’ll use the prompts to interact with their children!

Click here to watch a video about the soon-to-be installed Mosaic of Hope POP Spot! Community volunteers and attendees at the 2021 Readiness Summit helped create this beautiful interactive piece of art designed by The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton that will be installed in July at the Hope Center for Families. Here’s a quick peek at their work!


Click here to see a “Playbook” of playful experiences and here to see examples of local “POP Spots” in the works!


Are you interested in creating a POP Spot in your neighborhood or at your place of business?

Click here to learn about mini-grants.

Purpose of POP

Children’s brains develop the fastest in the early years. Critical synapses are being formed from Birth to Age 5 that lay the foundation for later learning. To build babies’ brains, we want to empower families to play and talk together throughout the day. Through “POP Spots,” we can bring high quality, evidenced-based prompts and learning experiences to families in neighborhoods and community spaces across Montgomery County.


What is the Mini-Grant Opportunity?

In partnership with local funders, Learn to Earn is providing mini-grants of $500 to $10,000 to organizations and groups that want to provide playful learning experiences for families. Mini-grant recipients will receive technical assistance from the Play On Purpose Early Childhood Design Committee, made up of early childhood development experts and fabricators. They will help you design and build a playful experience or create playful signage and prompts to encourage fun and engaging interaction at your “POP Spot.” 



Community organizations, non-profits, neighborhood associations, advocacy groups, small business owners, grocery stores, and others are eligible to apply. If you have a highly-trafficked space and want to create a “POP Spot,” we invite you to apply! 


Already have a playful experience? This opportunity is for YOU, too! We want to partner with you to get the news out about your space. Apply for a mini-grant to create bold, playful signage with prompts that will drive parent and child play at your experience. In addition to adding signage, your space will be registered as an official “POP Spot” and you will be named a member of the Play On Purpose Collaborative.

How to Apply

Complete the online application at the bottom of the page.


Mini-grants will be awarded in March, June, September and December. Submit your application as soon as possible, as funding is limited.

Selection process

Applications will be evaluated by a review panel composed of Play On Purpose partners. We’ll invite finalists to a follow-up interview.

If you have questions or are having trouble filling out this form please contact Hope Vuto, Birth to 5 Program Manager at or call (937) 718-0890

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Mini-Grant Application Form