We’re Growing Up!

http://www.lavcfamilyresourcecenter.com

I know they say “out with the old and in with the new”. But we’re kind of nostalgic. Tumblr has served us well…and it’s a little sad to say goodbye. But now it’s time to step up and have a real website. 

We really are thrilled that we need to do this. We are consolidating everything we do at the Family Resource Center and moving into one home. We still have a few tweaks to make on it, so please be patient.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you! Please spread the word!

Why Is There a Cost for Playgroups?

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Actually, the question for five years was, “why is there no cost for these amazing playgroups?”. 

We all had a fantastic ride! We were so fortunate that the College was able to financially support playgroups for students and the community. They know it is a wonderful and important service. 

And now financial times are different at the College. Like every family (or community) we know, there are times we have to pull in… and make tough choices. Though they still value and support us, we must support ourselves and cover the cost of playgroups.

That is no easy task. We ask that you understand and appreciate that we are charging you the absolute least amount of money we can. After a lot of research, we know we are the best deal in town, and hope that we can always keep the fee so low. 

Also - we are always looking for funding sources and writing grants. If any of you have any ideas, connection to foundations, and/or donors, please see Marni.

Student Internships

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You might be able to tell this is NOT an intern…it’s Mom.

One of the many great things about being an intern in the infant and toddler playgroups, is the connection that students are able to make between theory and practice. We teach that reading is a vehicle to attachment…but how cool to actually SEE it!

Our infant and toddler practicum class, CD 29, is full on-line. But come to the FRC for an add slip. We will be letting in a few extra lucky students!

Fall Playgroup Registration is OPEN!!!!

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Don’t miss out on spending this kind of focused time with your baby!  

Summer session filled up fast and though we can enroll more families because we have a morning session (Tuesday/Thursday) and an afternoon session (Monday/Wednesday - ) we will be registering less people in each group.

Registration is the same process it was for this summer, through Community Services.

Questions? Call us at 81-778-5612

We Want to Know!!!

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We know that some of you have children and family obligations that make college challenging. We would like to hear from you to learn how the FRC might serve you better. To do this, we would like to hear what is working for you and ways that we can improve upon what we do.

If you fall into the following group, please let us know: student at LAVC with a live-in spouse or partner and at least one child under three years old.

Once we have a group, we’ll figure out the logistics that works best for most of the group. We will have a delicious dinner and a great conversation! You’ll also receive a parenting book to thank you for coming!

Contact roosevm@lavc.edu or call 818-778-5529

We All Just Do Our Best….

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Don’t we want our kids to do the best job they can do? We want them to approach each new activity with enthusiasm and some tenacity to stick with it when the job gets tough. Whether it’s crawling after a ball, or digging a hole in the sand, or going to school and cooperating. But to just do the best job they can do.

Then why do we have such a hard time living by that motto with ourselves when it comes to our job as parents? Why is it that we are so quick to blame ourselves for our mistakes and/or kid’s imperfections?

I think this article may be a bit premature for some of you readers…and it’s really from the perspective of a mom whose kids are grown. But read it - it will give you an interesting insight into your parents, and yourself as both a child and a parent.

FIRST (second, third and fourth) BOOKS!!!

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We have a new shipment coming!!!!

Who doesn’t love a good book??? We are so appreciative that we have plenty of great books in our FRC library from this fantastic program. Because of them, we are able to continuously upgrade and expand our infant and toddler collection in the playroom, as well as in our lending library at the front area of the FRC.

Remember that reading books, telling stories, singing and chatting with your child prepares them with all kinds of life skills, not just academics. We have done many posts about some of the other benefits. Check them out!

Inspirational

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We are constantly reminded of the amazing spirit of human nature. This young college-student-mom reminds us that almost anything is possible.

Student-parents make up about 40% of all college students. Every single day is a juggling act: school, work, family life, homework, housework… and then anything and everything else that comes up.

That is exactly why we started the Family Resource Center! We believe people can do (almost) anything - as long as there are others behind them who care and can lend a hand. The FRC helps student-parents network, we offer a multitude of services, and parents get to bring their children to fun events and include them in campus life!

If you know of anyone who could use our services - current or wannabe college students - send them our way! 

Congratulations to all student-parents who are out there! And of course special congratulations to our very own Amber and her supportive and beautiful family! We are so proud of her! Get ready, CSUN, here she comes!

For the Cost of a Starbucks Coffee…

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We’re sure by now you’ve noticed that we now need to minimally charge for playgroups. We (and you) have been so lucky and thankful that for all these years the College was able to cover the costs of playgroups for student and community families.

Sadly, times have changed and that isn’t true anymore. We now need to cover our own costs. We are so happy, that for now, it works out to be $5,  per FAMILY, per play session. We know it adds up, and for some of you, it’s a burden.

Please let us know…we are setting up a scholarship fund. 

P.S. If anyone knows of a funding source - please let us know!!!

CD 29 and the “Top 10 for 2-Gen”!

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Why is CD 29 so great??? In no particular order:

1. You are with babies and their parents at the same time ("2-Gen") and actually see attachment and separation and lots more!

2. So fun too see the BIG changes in a baby in 16 weeks!

3. You’ll become close friends with the other interns!

4. Makes your infant and toddler knowledge come alive!

5. The FRC becomes your favorite home-away-from-home!

6. Fun to be in the sand and water with toddlers!

7. Infants, toddlers and parents aren’t so scary!

8. What??? 3-units of CD credit for having so much fun????

9. Also counts for 3-units of supervised field experience for your CD Permit.

10. You’re gonna just love it!

And just gotta add: Lisa Brauer and Jeanette Lopez are amazing to watch, listen, and learn from!

The “S Word” and Toddlers: Sharing

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We know we can’t teach these little ones to “share” but we can certainly talk with them about “taking their turn” and learning to wait. 

Lisa is talking with Reece and McKenna about the process of waiting and getting a turn. It’s so hard to not get what we want, when we want it!!!

And we know that’s real life! Waiting is a skill that we want kids to learn…short times for little ones and with the language that goes with it. It’s great to point out to McKenna  that she waited….and then got what she wanted. It’s a small step to building real-life skills, as well as a big step to school readiness!

A typical day at the FRC! Remember to be with us this summer!

Here’s a nice read about sharing.

Why We Love Eye Contact!

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Feeding your infant? Tempted to text your friend to tell her something?

We’ve all been there…it’s so tempting to read a magazine or connect with a friend… and so NOT what’s good for your baby! It’s almost overwhelming to list the multitude of important learning that goes on for your baby when she looks at you - and you look back into her eyes. This article says it well and doesn’t even say it all!

Next time you’re at the FRC, bring the topic up and learn more about it!

What’s Cookin’ at the FRC????

This summer session of playgroup is starting to fill! We are only offering Tuesday/Thursday sessions and everyone will want in!
The registration process has changed - look on the left of this page for “Infant and Toddler Playgroups”. There are instructions for how to sign up.

Aspen Institute Names the LAVC Family Resource Center to its National Network

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The LAVC Family Resource Center has been selected as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network. As a member of the Network, the LAVC Family Resource Center will receive a $50,000 grant for 18 months. The FRC will use the funding to create a replication toolkit of their unique and award-winning model that will allow at least two other community colleges to create family resource centers that service the needs of their student-parents. 

The Ascend Network is a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. The LAVC Family Resource Center is one of the 28 funded  organizations, selected from 24 states and the District of Columbia, that represent the leading edge of a national movement around two-generation approaches. Two-generation approaches look at the whole family’s needs and provide opportunities for children and their parents together. The LAVC Family Resource Center was identified by the Aspen Institute through a highly selective national competition; more than 250 organizations applied to join the Network and receive funding.

Congratulations to Marni Roosevelt, Gary Huff and the entire LAVC Family Resource Center!

Annabelle Godwin Playday HERE!!!!!

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