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!

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.

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!

Internships Available!

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CD 29 Infant Toddler Practicum 

This class provides experience working with infants and toddlers in the Family Resource Center and counts for hours towards your CD Permit! 

Class is Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.  In addition, you will intern in ONE of the play sessions:

  • Mondays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays 10:00sm - 1:00pm

Contact Marni Roosevelt roosevm@lavc.edu or call 818 778-5612

FRC Infant and Toddler Play Yard

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So it’s kind of a good news/bad news kind of deal.

Good news: the play yard lawn got re-done and it will be gorgeous!

Bad news: the play yard lawn got re-done and it’s not ready to be played on.

So….infant and toddler playgroups will be held inside next week and will be crowded. If you and/or your child don’t do well with chaos, you might want to wait a week and join us after Labor Day Weekend.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. Also remember that parking is challenging the first few weeks of the semester!

Face(book) Friends???

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Oh yes, we have joined the crowd and are having so much fun on Facebook! Like us!

https://www.facebook.com/LAVCFamilyResourceCenter

Finally! The Answer to Our “Three Things…” Question!

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So the question was: “name three things this boy is learning”.

There are so many many more…but here are just three things he’s doing to prepare himself for school:

1. Hand/eye coordination: see how beautifully he holds the dinosaur AND gets it to his mouth? He’s going to need to be able to hold a pencil and read an assignment at the same time.

2. Focus and concentration: He is completely engaged in his activity. He’ll need that focus to stay with and complete his school assignments.

3. Curiosity: How does this taste? How does it feel…is it bumpy or smooth? Is it heavy? We want him engaged in the learning process and  love to learn!

These are all questions he’s answering and and tasks he is accomplishing by himself! It is exactly what he should be doing at his age.

Once again, we see a lovely reminder that we often need to get out of our kid’s way… put them in an environment (like the FRC!) that supports them…and lets them learn as they develop.

If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to ask the FRC staff. We LOVE hearing about what you’re thinking and wondering about!

Kindergarten Prep!

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Can you name 3 ways this child is preparing himself for kindergarten?

Our MOST Favorite Royal Baby Adviser!

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Remember this post? We were referring to two great parenting books. We were shocked to find out that we’re not the only ones who think Drs. Brazelton and Sparrow’s ideas are pretty special (just kidding!).

We’re very excited that Royal Baby George’s parent’s are hearing good sound advice and that they might be reading the same book our FRC families love… The Touchpoints Book!

And The Royals would be jealous of us…because the authors came and spent TWO WHOLE DAYS with us last fall at Valley College! 

Falling in Love… Over and Over Again….

imageI know I’ve said before that YOU are your child’s most important person, place or thing…but I can’t find any other words to describe this photo.

I just love the way the little boy is looking at his dad…and the way the dad seems to be having such a great time with his son.

That’s only one of the many great things about the FRC…it’s just time for you to be with your child and play…no cell phones, dishes or emails to distract you. An hour and a half of uninterrupted bliss!