Early Childhood Partnerships & Memberships
Early Childhood Partners
Landscape Structures is proud to partner with like-minded organizations. We work with these organizations because we support their mission to improve the lives of children through play. Giving children access to safe and fun outdoor playground equipment gives them an opportunity to be more active and healthy.
Kanics Inclusive Design Services
Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, founded by Ingrid Kanics, focuses on the creation and operation of inclusive indoor and outdoor play spaces. Ingrid is an occupational therapist with a Masters in Interior Architecture with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable design who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together.
Ingrid's personal journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from her injury. To reduce fatigue, she alternates her mobility between walking and rolling (in a wheelchair). When walking, she depends upon her right side for sensory information, and upon her left side for stability. This daily mental dance, her bi-mobility and other experiences related to her injury deeply influence her work of helping communities expand their understanding of inclusion for all.
Ingrid presents at local, state and national conferences on the topics of play, sensory processing and Universal Design. We're proud to have partnered with Kanics Inclusive Design since 2010.
Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, promotes the importance of early brain and language development and supports parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language and reading skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others,
Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician’s office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere. Too Small to Fail works at the national and local levels to reach parents and caregivers through strategically using media, building national partnerships and implementing the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” community campaign in localities across the country.
Too Small to Fail partners with Landscape Structures to reach parents of young children across the country. Joint efforts would leverage each organization’s reach into local communities across the country to promote children’s early brain and vocabulary development through play. Learn more.
Inclusion Matters® by Shane’s Inspiration
Landscape Structures is pleased to partner with Inclusion Matters® by Shane's Inspiration toward a common goal of promoting play for children of all abilities. Together, we've created nearly 50 Universally Accessible Playgrounds including the first in Mexico and Ecuador. Plus, we're excited to have collaborated with Shane's Inspiration on playground projects for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Shane's Inspiration has taken accessible playgrounds to a whole new level, not only helping communities build these beautiful play environments from conception to completion, but also ensuring that they are utilized through inclusive play programming. Learn more.