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As Outdoor Preschools Spread, States Debate How to Keep Kids Safe

As Outdoor Preschools Spread, States Debate How to Keep Kids Safe
The air was so bitterly cold here on a Tuesday morning this month that public schools delayed classes for two hours.


With the temperature around 12 degrees at 8 a.m., Jacquelyn Farnsworth said her husband, an electrician who usually works outside, was assigned indoor duty.


But Farnsworth’s daughter, Josephine, 3, doesn’t get indoor duty. She attends an outdoor preschool that doesn’t have an indoors.


Instead, the hardy kids who go to The Nursery School bundle up in layers of winter gear to head into the woods even on frigid days like this one. Several days a week, Josephine and her friends spend hours breaking sticks to build forts, digging holes in the ground and learning to wield tools — including knives and bow saws — that few American adults allow small children to use.
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