Head Start Body Start

The Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities provides consulting for Head Start Body Start, a program offered through the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Each year until 2012, Head Start Body Start will award approximately $2 million to Head Start centers across the nation to improve their outdoor play spaces.

HSBS receives hundreds of proposals for play-space grants annually. Plymouth State University faculty affiliated with the Center volunteer as grant-proposal reviewers to ensure that proposal requests align with HSBS expectations. Grant reviewers are trained to understand the elements that constitute safe and developmentally appropriate play spaces and to score proposals.

The Center’s staff is available to work with regional Head Start programs to develop grant proposals for the next year’s funding cycle.  Contact Barbara McCahan for more information visit the Head Start Body Start website at:


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