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February 2018
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 February News from Connections For Children

Special Projects:

Family Time 

Family Time Play Group is a fun time for children up to 5 years of age and their caregivers to participate together in playing, singing, arts and crafts, and story time. Play group leaders also facilitate sharing of resources and discussion of topics such as child development, preschool readiness, and building a community support network. Family Time is a shared child-caregiver learning experience that offers children, parents, license exempt and informal care providers hands on training and activities on a weekly basis.
Family Time is a free program of Connections For Children.  Play groups meet weekly on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m at Virginia Avenue Park's Thelma Terry Center.  Contact Judy Laureano for more information or if you would like to form another play group near you.

Seeking Financial Assistance for Child Care?

If you are in need of child care assistance (and the care will be provided in selected Westside and South Bay areas), you may qualify for our Parent Choice Program!

This program provides child care subsidy to cover costs at a:
  • Licensed child care center or preschool
  • Licensed Family Child Care Home, or
  • With a relative, friend, or neighbor
Click Here for More Information

Ready for School - Building Blocks for Kindergarten

Use Your Words -
Language Development

The third Building Block for Kindergarten is that simple. Help your child develop strong language skills.
Three vital words that nurture language development: 
  • Read to your child everyday - engaging her in conversation about what the pictures in the book illustrate, what might happen next in the story, and what she thinks about it.
  • Talk with you child about what he sees when you are taking a walk, shopping, driving in the care. Make time to talk to your children about what they need, want, and feel. Using words in conversation with children is one of the key ways to build readiness for school.
  • And sing - songs from your childhood, songs you make up, silly songs. The rhythm and rhyme of singing is a great way to build language and vocabulary.
The research is clear that the number of words that children hear during the first three years of life has a very significant impact on later school success. Now is the time to read, talk, and sing. And listen. Listen carefully when your child is talking. Ask questions and show you care about what he/ she is saying. 
Children are ready for the kindergarten classroom when they can
  • Hear and understand the meaning of words, stories and songs
  • Talk about thoughts, wants and needs
  • Speak clearly enough so that other people understand
  • Use complete sentences and connect ideas together to make longer sentences
  • Say or sing nursery rhymes and familiar songs.  
You can find more tips to support children's language development in the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Building Blocks for Kindergarten

More Resources for Language Development

For those with younger children, check out these resources for parents and teachers. There are lots of great ways to promote language and communications skills of infants and toddlers.
You can also visit Connections For Children to learn about Where The Story Begins our Reading Readiness Program.

Connections For Children

is pleased to invite you to a magical evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dessert, and

a fabulous silent auction

Featuring magic by Mark Furey

Thursday, March 8, 2018

5:30 - 8:00 pm

The Historic Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA  90232

Individual Tickets: $100
Please purchase online at:
Special Honorees:

Irene Zivi, long time early childhood advocate

Betsy Hiteshew, Connections For Children's co-founder

Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center
Generously sponsored by:
Presenting Sponsors

City National Bank

Providence Saint John's Health Center

Iao Katagiri
Gold Sponsors
Adri Butler
RAND Corporation
Teri Aranguren, CPA

Silver Sponsors

Bonnie Bailer
Law Office of Timur M Berberoglu
Brakke-Schafnitz Insurance Brokers
Judith & Clifford Brunk 
Child Care Resource Center
Commercial Bank of California
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Fitdog Sports Club
Sharon Perlmutter Gavin
Curtis Graham & Allison Alan-Lee
GYL Decauwer LLC
ICG Advisors LLC
Stuart Laff & Alice Germanetti
Miller Ward & Company
Quantum Health
The Ryding Company
Laila Taslimi

For more information please contact:

Sharlout Golbari

310-452-3325 x275

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