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Gwinnett County has received the 2022 Social Justice Award from the National Association of County Park and Recreational Professionals for its Building Brains (B2) Anywhere program, an initiative that promotes early learning for children.

The award “honors a park system that has served as a change agent and made a tangible impact in the community or workplace by prioritizing a culture of equity and inclusion. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and collaboration in community programs or projects, or workplace initiatives or policies,” according to the association’s website.

B2 Anywhere is a countywide, early learning program that seeks to serve children, parents and caregivers through safe, fun and engaging early learning opportunities. Mobile units travel to parks, childcare facilities, community centers, apartment communities, places of worship, libraries, and other locations to provide literacy programs and STEAM enrichment.

“Programs highlight play, nature, and hands-on learning for Gwinnett’s youngest residents,” the program’s webpage states. “Plus, they demonstrate learning concepts for parents and caregivers to help their little learners prepare to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.”

In 2021, B2 Anywhere’s early learning initiative served 3,265 participants with 143 programs.

“We are committed to serving and growing with Gwinnett’s residents,” the program’s webpage states. “We believe there is opportunity to educate in any and every environment, so we’re committed to building brains anywhere!”

Click here for more information on B2 Anywhere.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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