Play Groups

The Wonderful World of Playgroups

At the Family Center, we offer a variety of playgroup options for children and parents/grandparents/caregivers. Playgroups are held in 3 series (each series are approx. 11 weeks)and we offer 6 weeks of Drop-in Play during the summer. Registration is required for each playgroup with the exception of Drop-In Play. Through the experiences at playgroup, with a combination of structured and unstructured environment, children learn to play, share, communicate, develop listening skills, and learn and build social skills. By attending playgroup, children will be introduced to developmentally appropriate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities, and interactive and dialogic book reading. Parents can continue to practice and expand on these activities outside of playgroup. Playgroups can be an avenue for parents to connect and expand their support systems beyond the program. The groups are staffed by certified parent educators who are available to answer parenting questions and concerns. Below you will find a description of each playgroup.

BIRTH TO EARLY WALKERS UP TO 18 MONTHS (no siblings)

Parenting an infant is both a joyous time and a time filled with questions. There are opportunities to talk about specific concerns (feeding, sleeping) as well as time to learn new songs/finger plays and share ideas. Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:15 pm.

EXPLORERS 18 MONTHS TO 5th BIRTHDAY. Siblings welcome! 

These playgroups are based on promoting children's developmental milestones including: social/emotional, language, cognitive and movement in a play setting. Activities include free play, reading, snack and circle time. Parents are encouraged to play, read, and clean up with their children Although child participation in any activity is voluntary, these are structured playgroups. Playgroups are offered Tuesday, 9:00-10:15 am & 10:30-11:45am, Wednesday 9:00-10:15 am & 10:30-11:45 am and Thursday 9:00-10:15 am.

3's & 4's-ON THE ROAD TO SCHOOL (no siblings)

This playgroup offers more structure than Explorers and encourages the necessary skills for successful transition to preschool and kindergarten. Each series will focus on specific skills and activities are more challenging than found in toddler playgroups.  Children help prepare snack and learn about nutrition. Wednesdays, 9:15-10:45 am.

LET'S GET READY TO READ-3 YEARS TO 5th BIRTHDAY
This playgroup series focuses on building the necessary literacy skills through interactive and dialogic storytelling and play. Building literacy skills is one of the most important gifts you can give your child. Having this foundation prepares children for school success. Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm

DROP-IN PLAY-BIRTH TO 5th BIRTHDAY

Drop-In play is for parents who are unable to commit to playgroup 11 to 12 week series. This flexible playgroup offers plenty of discovery time and blends many of the activities found in our other playgroups. Drop-In Play is held Friday mornings 9-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:45 am. Families are welcome to join at any time during the group chosen. No sign-up required, therefore, families are asked to choose one group each Friday.
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            SPECIALTY PLAYGROUPS
The following are special playgroups we offer on a monthly basis. Check our newsletter for dates and times. Below you'll find a description of each playgroup.

MESSY PLAY FOR AGES 18 MONTHS TO 5th BIRTHDAY
In this fun sensory group, children experience the joy of messy play with shaving cream, finger paints, play dough, water play and more! Parents/caregivers are asked to dress children appropriately.

MOVE & GROOVE FOR AGES 18 MONTHS TO 5th BIRTHDAY
This group will enhance your child's gross motor skills and lets them be active in a safe setting. Activities vary but always include balance beams, balls, tunnels and dancing!

FUN WITH MUSIC FOR BABIES TO 5th BIRTHDAY
Our music group will nourish your child's love and natural enthusiasm for music, movement, rhythm and fun! Music helps improve literacy skills, encourages math skills and builds your child's vocabulary.

SATURDAY PLAYTIME FOR BIRTH TO 5th BIRTHDAY
This playgroup meets once a month and is ideal for parents who can't get here during the week. Weather permitting, group will be held outdoors on our playground.

FUN IN THE KITCHEN FOR 2 1/2 THROUGH 5 YEARS
In this group, children will prepare simple no-cook snacks that will teach your child self-help skills, the importance of nutrition and the pleasure of trying new foods. Group will end with a food related story (this group is offered as a series)
 

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