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Playspace opens for homeless infants, toddlers
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Homeless infants and toddlers in Portland now have an indoor place to play.

The "Playroom at the Army" opened this morning at the Salvation Army's Portland office on Cumberland Avenue. It's right down the street from the city's family shelter, making it convenient for families to access. It's designed for kids 0-4 and includes areas for climbing, reading, dress up and other pretend play. Studies show that children learn best through play, and it helps them deal with stress, too. The Salvation Army will have volunteers on hand to help parents play with their kids as well.

According to the city of Portland, more than 430 children and their parents sought emergency shelter with the city.

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