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Everett Public Schools Play & Learn Program opens January 8 in Mill Creek

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Everett Public Schools, in partnership with the City of Mill Creek, will offer a free Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group on Mondays beginning January 8th at Mill Creek City Hall North in the Large Community Room.  This program is for children from birth to five years of age accompanied by their caregivers.
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn grew out of Child Care Resources’ work to provide support and information to Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers. Image courtesy of Child Care Resources.

From A City of Mill Creek News Release.

Everett Public Schools, in partnership with the City of Mill Creek, will offer a Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group on Mondays beginning January 8, 2018, at Mill Creek City Hall North in the Large Community Room.

The Mill Creek session takes place each Monday from 10:30 am to noon following the Everett Public Schools student calendar. The drop-in play group is open to the public and free of charge.

We are excited to expand our program in South Snohomish County,” said Chad Golden, director of early learning at Everett Public Schools. “Our Play & Learn groups help young children learn how to interact with others and provide a first step for helping prepare children for school.”

The facilitated Play & Learn group helps families prepare their children, birth to age five, for success in school and life.

Young children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers before they enter school. They enjoy playing, creating art, telling stories, singing songs and more.

Not only does the Play & Learn group provide children a place to connect with peers, it provides parents and caregivers a space and time to develop skills in interacting with their children, and gives caregivers opportunities to develop relationships with other families and caregivers.

Parents and caregivers will discover activities they can do at home to support children’s learning; how to turn everyday activities – such as grocery shopping, cooking and bath time – into early learning opportunities; and key child development milestones from birth to five.

They also learn about skills children are expected to have when they start school, as well as community programs and services available to help them raise healthy children.

Everett Public Schools also offers a Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group on Fridays from 10:30 am to noon at Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Avenue in Everett.

For information on either program, call 425-385-4024 or email earlylearning@everettsd.org

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Origins

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn grew out of Child Care Resources’ work to provide support and information to Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers – the thousands of grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, family friends and neighbors who take care of young children while their parents are at work.

The program is based on widely recognized and accepted theories and best practices in the fields of child development; early learning; parent education; Family, Friend and Neighbor care; community development; and cultural competence. It was designated as a Promising Practice by the University of Washington’s Evidence- Based Practice Institute in 2013.

Helping Families Prepare Children for Kindergarten

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are weekly facilitated play groups for young children and their Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers and parents.

Each group has a trained facilitator who plans and sets up fun, culturally- and developmentally-appropriate play activities for the children and their caregivers to participate in together. Through facilitator guidance and modeling, conversation, peer learning, and hands-on experience, caregivers learn what they can do at home to support children’s learning and healthy development.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are held in a variety of neighborhood locations, such as libraries, community centers, schools, apartment buildings and shopping centers. There are groups in different languages; some are multilingual. Most groups are free, drop-in, and open to young children of all ages.

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