Kate Irish is a non-profit consultant and mother of two living in Durham, North Carolina. Kate's career has focused on expanding access to and quality of early care and education and family support programming. She has non-profit leadership experience with a focus on systems change, collaboration and program management and evaluation. She was previously Program Director at Durham's Partnership for Children and Program Officer at North Carolina Partnership for Children, A Smart Start Initiative. Kate is a passionate community volunteer serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and steward of a Little Free Library.
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October 19, 2016
The first time I realized the power of nature and outdoor time for children was when my daughter was just 6 weeks old. We were having an especially difficult afternoon. I felt like I had been holding her for hours while she cried and I couldn’t get her to calm down. Finally, I walked out our back door with her onto our deck, more in frustration than anything else. I started pacing around our deck and pretty soon I realized that she had stopped crying. I started walking around our yard and she stayed calm. It felt like magic but as I looked around I realized that being outside really was...