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! Just down the street you can also check out the new Playful Path on the plaza of the Gem City Market. Along the Playful Path you will find hidden figures panels with over 30 hidden fruits and veggies. And stop by when it's raining outside to see the plaza glow with magical paint.

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.

Play on Purpose Mini-Grant

Play On Purpose, or POP, is an initiative designed to help young children from Birth-5 learn through play in likely and even unlikely places!

Our BIG vision is to blanket our community with experiences to support playful interactions that build connections between young children and their parents and caregivers. Let us help you bring a POP Spot to your waiting room, bus stop, sidewalk, office or community space.

In partnership with local funders, we’re providing mini-grants of $500 to $10,000 to organizations and groups to create POP Spots. 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.