Student Internships


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!

Should a HAPPY CHILD be our Goal?


Of course we want our kids to be happy, but I’m not sure it’s our “job”…or that we really even have the power to do so. Certainly we can contribute to their happiness, but what that actually looks like has always been my question. 

And then I saw this article…it just rang true. Read those 7 points carefully….to me, they feel right.

What do you think???

Those First 5 Years!!!


This may seem a little like “preaching to the choir”…but this graphic so clearly shows the importance to society of the first 5 years of a person’s life.

FRC Program Helps High School Students Get To College


A Panorama High School student in our Career & Academic Success team (CAST) program was recently awarded a $5,000 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Developing a Responsible, Educated, and Moral Society) scholarship, and was the only student in her school to receive the scholarship.  The student worked with Jeanette Lopez, the high school coordinator for CAST at San Fernando HS and Panorama HS, on her college and scholarship applications.  Prior to joining the CAST program and working with Jeanette, the student had no plans to attend college (even though she was eligible), but will now be attending classes at Cal State LA in the fall.  WIth this scholarship, she will now be able to move forward and pursue her dream of becoming a family social worker.

We would like to congratulate all of our CAST high school graduates and  are looking forward to continuing our work together as you move on to one of our college-based CAST programs.

The CAST program is made possible from a grant funded by Los Angeles Universal Preschool.

-From the LAVC College Bulletin, June 2-8, 2013

Museums and Young Children


I’ve recently gotten a few questions from parents who are wondering when and how to introduce museums into their children’s lives. Clearly this photo shows how inspiring art is for young children!

So - when - whenever YOU feel like going to a museum. Your babe-in-arms/or stroller will like being with you…your toddler may like the big rooms and beautiful grounds to run in…and your preschooler may actually enjoy some of the art. And maybe they’ll remember and like the museum because it had a special rock to climb on… those initial experiences are what make them want to come back - and each visit will build on the previous one.

There’s usually a gift shop with children’s books about the exhibit, and it’s fun to review what you saw…”we just saw this!”  There’s always something to talk about - colors, shapes, texture. And there are great open-ended questions to ask…”what does this painting make you think about?”…”how do you think the painter felt?”…..

LACMA is great because there is a large variety of exhibits to choose from (keep visits short) and Skirball has dedicated family days with lots of hands-on activities. I happen to especially love the Getty - partially because of the tram to get there, the gardens, the view…. and also because it’s FREE! 

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FREE Infant and Toddler Playgroups! Register Now!!

Attention Community Families:

We are now enrolling for our Fall 2012 FREE Infant and Toddler playgroups (ages 0-3), also known as Parenting 20CE. Join us every Tues. & Thurs. from 10:30am-12:00am in the Family Resource Center from September 4 to December 6, 2012. Space is limited, so register now!

  • Parenting 20CE (Section #8803) is a FREE parenting course with a built-in infant and toddler playgroup component.  Playgroups focus on building positive social interactions between children through play and exploration.  Parents must be present with their babies. There is also a Child Development Specialist present to discuss different topics with parents including potty training, bed time routines, and more. To register for this course with your student I.D., click here.  Not a student?  Click here to apply to the college and get your student I.D. # to begin registering for the Spring 2012 semester. To register, you do not need to be enrolled in college classes.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Goddard at or (818) 778-5612.

Spotlight on Local Events: A Celebration of Fatherhood

Join the Friends of the Family and their Young Dads Program, as they host A Celebration of Fatherhood on Saturday, June 9 from 11 am to 3 pm at Maclay Middle School in Pacoima, CA.  

Bring the entire family!  Admission is free.  The celebration includes games, food, activities, a father’s panel, and some very special speakers.  For more information, call (818) 988-4430.

Friends of the Family (FOF) is based in Van Nuys, CA and serves families who are struggling to provide support for their children, but are challenged by poverty and low income, lack of education and employment, shifts in family structure, family or community violence. and holes in the social safety net.  For more information about FOF, click here.

Interested in Working With Young Children!?

For LA Valley College students:  

A representative from Bright Horizons Family Solutions will be at Los Angeles Valley College recruiting for Infant, Toddler, Two’s and Preschool Teachers on:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in the Child Development Family Complex (CDFC) Conference Room #175.

Stop by to speak with one of the Bright Horizons representatives to learn more about these great opportunities!!

For questions regarding job opportunities with Bright Horizons, contact Cathy Ellis-Abelson at (925) 370-7408 or

Science Never Sounded So Fun!

The Los Angeles Public Library Children’s Literature Department presents ”Science Day 2012” on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Los Angeles Central Library (630 W. 52nd Street, Los Angeles, 90071). 

This FREE event is for families with children of all ages.  Join us for an afternoon of fun while participating in a variety of activities, including: 

  • Hands-on Science with the California Science Center
  • Activities and stories for Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Crafts and Experiments
  • "What a Hoot!" with the Discovery Science Center
  • "Wild Things and Animals of Prey" with Full Spectrum

Questions? Call (213) 228-7250.

Announcing Open Enrollment for Fall Parenting Class

Enroll now for our free Parenting Class with Infant & Toddler Play Group!

Join us for enriching experiences with your child! 

Our parenting class with infant & toddler playgroup will meet in the NEW Family Resource Center in the Child Development & Family Complex (CDFC), located at the corner of Oxnard Street and Campus Drive.

Parenting 20CE - Tues. & Thurs. from 10:30-12:00, Aug. 30 to Dec. 18

  • Parenting 20CE (Section #8803) is a FREE parenting course with a built-in infant and toddler playgroup component.  Playgroups focus on building positive social interactions between children through play.  To register for this course with your student I.D., click here.  Not a student?  Click here to apply to the college and get your FREE student I.D. 

Weekly discussion topics include:

  • Sleeping routines
  • Food and nutrition
  • Reading with infants and toddlers
  • Positive Discipline
  • Day-to-day parenting challenges
  • How to talk to young children about diversity
  • Finding a preschool
  • And much more…

For more information about our parenting class and play group or any of our programs, contact the Family Resource Center at (818)778-5612.

Child Development Department Recognizes Spring Graduates

Faculty and staff from the LAVC Child Development Department hosted a Spring Graduation Party on Wednesday, June 8 in the Family Resource Center’s new Infant & Toddler Play Yard.  Joining faculty and staff, Dr. Susan Carleo (President), Dr. Sandy Mayo (Vice President of Academic Affairs) and Dr. Laurie Nalepa (Dean of Vocational Education) shared remarks and congratulations with graduates and their families.

(Pictured Above: Left-Right: Mayra Santos, Marie Dahan (CAST Program Coordinator), Susan Salinas, and Claudia Flores)

The FRC is pleased to offer our most sincere congratulations to the graduating Career & Academic Success Team (CAST) program graduates.  CAST, a student support program for child development majors, is a part of a larger Workforce Initiative project sponsored by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP).

Congratulations to the Spring 2011 CAST Graduates:

  • Maria Castillo
  • Zahra Fassihi
  • Claudia Flores
  • Jaquelin Morgan
  • Zarinah Muhammad
  • Tracy Orloff
  • Felicita Penas
  • Susan Salinas
  • Mayra Santos
  • Mahrokh Siahcheshman

FRC Hosts “Creating a Community of Writers” Workshop presented by Jane Raphael

The Family Resource Center invites you to join us for "Creating a Community of Writers", a free workshop with Jane Raphael on Saturday, April 9th from 11:30a - 1:00p.  The workshop will take place in the LAVC Child Development Department, Room 156.  Click here for a campus map.

Creating a Community of Writers is an interactive workshop that will explore ways to increase the literacy in classrooms with young children.  Participants are asked to bring a pen, paper, and a family photo.

Spaces are limited!  RSVP to (818) 778-5612 or  Please state the names of all attendees and provide a contact phone number or email address.  

Note: Certificate of Attendance will be available at the end of the workshop.