Healthy Start

Playgrounds in Louisiana Get a Splash of Color to Inspire Play

Well-Ahead Louisiana has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau of Family Health, the Louisiana Department of Education, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Tulane University School of Public Health to form the Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Network (CoIIN). CoIIN works to improve nutrition and physical activity in early care settings.


This school year, CoIIN will purchase playground stencils that will create, improve and enhance outdoor play spaces at early childhood education centers, schools, and community spaces. Playground stencils are designed to create painted playgrounds.  They provide an excellent opportunity for children to get physically active and practice developmentally appropriate movement such as balance, locomotor skills, and spatial awareness. In addition, age appropriate stencils give children the opportunity to practice letter awareness, rhyming, color and number recognition, counting, patterning and measurement.  Stencils are reusable and have the potential to impact thousands of Louisiana children. 


Soon, the stencils will be available four use by early childhood education centers, schools and community spaces to.  CoIIN will provide a DIY toolkit and technical assistance to support early care staff in using the  stencils appropriately.


Did You Know?

  • Over 76,000 children under the age 5 in Louisiana are obese - that's enough to fill 1,600 school buses!
  • Louisiana early childhood licensure regulations for childcare centers state that:
    • Children under age two shall be provided time and space for age appropriate physical activity for a minimum of 60 minutes per day.
    • Children age two and older shall be provided a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day that includes a combination of both teacher led and free play.

Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward

Help us ensure Louisiana children have the opportunity for a healthy start.  Email to be among the first to know when stencils are available.  Start gathering your stencil supplies today! Click here for a list of everything you will need.  One stencil at a time, we will move Louisiana’s health forward.