Week of the Young Child Events – Southcentral

Return to the 5 Factors CampaignSaturday, April 21, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012


Saturday, April 21, 2012

ANCHORAGE

Baby and Toddler Expo
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Egan Center
Amanda Hutchins, Marketing Coordinator, thread 265-3111 or ahutchins@threadalaska.org

Protective Factor: social connections and knowledge of parenting and child development

Event Description: An educational and entertaining event geared toward new parents and families with small children. Talk with healthcare providers, buy toys and clothes, and visit the parent’s education area while the kids listen to stories and watch puppet shows in the kids activites corner. Enter to win great prizes! Register for the diaper derby at the event by 12:30 pm. thread is a sponsor of this event and will have two informational tables, one to distribute general information about thread’s services and the other will serve as a live Warm Line for families to ask Early Childhood Specialist specific parenting questions and assist with child care referrals. thread hopes to educate and assist families with their child care needs and parenting questions.

HOMER

Safe Kids Fair
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Homer High School
235-7712

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), concrete support in times of need (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Information booths on wellness and safety for children; application for many summer youth sport activities. NOTE: this is an annual event coordinated by Safe Kids South Peninsula and Haven House and not solicited as part of our WOYC events – but since it was happening the day before WOYC kicks off – it seemed a good idea to include in our week too. Open to public/free.

KODIAK

Kodiak Children’s Fair
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kodiak High School
Jane Petrich, jpetrich@gci.net

Protective Factor Addressed: knowledge of parenting and child development, parental resilience, concrete support in times of need (education)

Event Description: Parents will gather ideas for how to interact and engage with their children in developmentally appropriate ways. Parents will also learn about community resources available to them in times of need, about tools and strategies to promote positive interactions, and about community supports that exist to meet the needs of young children with special needs. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for agencies to network and interact to better collaborate in supporting families with young children. Kodiak Children’s Fair brings together young children, their families, and those that serve them. Various community organizations and early educators will gather to give families information about services and resources available to them in the Kodiak community. Participating organizations will also have fun and educational activities for families to do with their kids at the fair. This event is open to the entire community of Kodiak, particuarly those who have or work with young children.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

HOMER

Little Boppers Dance Class sponsored by Sprout
10-10:45 a.m. (birth to age 3) | 10:45-11:30 a.m. (ages 3 to 5)
Off the Wall Studios, behind Damselfly Boutique
235-1506 or 738-5249

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Get moving and have fun exploring a variety of dance and music with little ones and their grown-ups. Free and open to public.

Earth Day Fairy House Building
2-4 p.m.
Raspberry Lane Preschool (6 miles out East End Rd., right on Birch Park Dr., little green school house all the way at the end)
Miss Red, 399-1567 or redasselin@hotmail.com
Facebook: Raspberry Lane

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: In honor of Earth Day, come build fairy houses out of natural materials for the fairies who help make our world so magical! Open to public/free


Monday, April 23, 2012

HOMER

Protective Factor Addressed: All five

Toddler Playgroup
Cosponsored by Community Recreation
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Boys & Girls Club
235-6090

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults).

Event Description: Parents and their children ages birth to 5 years are welcome to run, romp, and play. For this week, it is free for first time attendees! Punch cards are available for future attendance: 10 punches for $20, 20 punches for $40. This playgroup operates during the school year.

“Intertidal Discovery” Program
10-11 a.m.
Homer Spit: Park at Pier One Theater
226-4617

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults) Healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Dress for the weather, wear rubber boots, and be prepared to walk on slippery surfaces. Open and free to families – any age.

City Council Presentation & Mayoral Proclamation
6 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 491 E. Pioneer Avenue

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), concrete support in times of need (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids).

Event Description: Come share your support for early childhood education in Homer! You are welcome to speak during Public Comments at the start of the agenda for 3 minutes max.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HOMER

Sprout Playgroup & Imagination Library Enrollment
Cosponsored by Sprout & Homer Public Health Center
10-11 a.m. age 1 | 11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. age 2 | 2-3 p.m.: Non walking children
3691 Ben Walters Lane, Suite #4
Please call ahead for a reservation! 235-6044 or info@homerilp.org
Website: www.homerilp.org

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), concrete support in times of need (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Playgroups for various ages (see Time) and information on the Imagination Library. Located in Homer, Alaska, Sprout is a nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and family strengthening opportunities to infants, toddlers, and their families,

Signs of Spring: Nature Crafts & Explorations
Cosponsored by: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
2:30-4:30 p.m.
CACS Headquarters Bldg, 708 Smokey Bay Way
235-6667; info@akcoastalstudies.org
Website: www.akcoastalstudies.org

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Come to CACS and explore our backyard! Do a fun nature craft to welcome spring and an outdoor activity to explore the signs of spring. Craft and activity for all ages.

KODIAK

5th Annual Children’s Fair
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kodiak High School Commons
Katrina Stewart, thread Kodiak Rural Outreach Specialist, kstewart@threadalaska.org or 907-654-9221

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections and knowledge of parenting and child Development

Event Description: The Kodiak Children’s Fair brings together young children, their families, and those that serve them. Various community organizations and early educators will gather to give families information about services and resources available to them in the Kodiak community. Participating organizations will also have fun and educational activities for families to do with their kids at the fair. As an added bonus, childcare providers who attend and complete an activity can receive one free hour of training through thread. Additionally, thread will be offering a two-hour training on early literacy in the KHS library from 1-3 pm. Those interested in attending this training should register in advance through the training calendar on thread’s website at www.threadalaska.org.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anchorage

Leadership Luncheon
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
BP Energy Center
Kathy Kline, kkline@threadalaska.org or 265-3104

Event Description: By getting leaders together we can increase social connections among leaders. Current and emergent leaders in early childhood programs are invited for lunch and an opportunity to create ongoing support for leadership in our early childhood community.” We want to help support early childhood program leaders by providing ongoing training and networking.

HOMER

“Junior Biologist” Badge Program
Cosponsored by Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
3:30-4:30 p.m. Islands and Ocean Visitor Center
226-4617

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids).

Event Description: Program for students who want to earn their “Junior Biologist” badge. For children 7+ (must be able to read) Open/free to public

Homer Public Library Preschool Story Hour & Imagination Library Enrollment
Cosponsored by Public Library & Homer Public Health Center
10-11 a.m.
Homer Public Library 500 Hazel Avenue
235-3180 (library)

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Story hour for parents and children 3 to 5 years old. Preschool Story Hour features talented readers who are passionate about children’s books – and they often sing and play instruments! After the reading, a related craft activity helps to reinforce the theme of the books read that day. This program is designed for children ages 3 to 5, but other children are welcome to use the Children’s Room as long as they do not distract from the activities. Story Hour at the library means: kids getting together to enjoy books and reading; kids listening and participating in a group of their peers; parents and caregivers modeling appropriate storytime behavior; parents and caregivers sharing the love of literature with their children; parents, caregivers and children coming together to socialize in their neighborhood “living room.” Open/free to public.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

HOMER

Sprout Playgroup in Anchor Point
Cosponsored by Sprout
10-11 a.m.
Chapman School, Homer, AK
235-6044 or info@homerilp.org
www.homerilp.org

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), concrete support in times of need (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids),

Event Description: Playgroup for birth to age 5. Sprout is a non profit organization that provides support, education, and family strengthening opportunities to infants, toddlers and their families. Open/free to public.

Family Bird Walk
Cosponsored by Kachemak Research Reserve
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
AK Islands & Ocean Visitor Center lobby
226-4659

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Families are invited to join naturalist Carmen Field for a morning hike through Beluga Slough to find spring migrants. Bring binoculars; but if you don’t have any, don’t worry. Carmen will have binoculars for kids and adults to borrow at the beginning of the hike. You’re likely to see Sandhill Cranes, a variety of ducks and geese, and perhaps shorebirds that have just arrived from far-off locales. Free- Families with children of any age are welcome. Open/free to public.

Homer Public Library Lapsit & Imagination Library Enrollment
Cosponsored by: Public Library & Homer Public Health Center
11:30 a.m. – Noon
Homer Public Library, 500 Hazel Avenue
235-3180 (library)
www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Storytelling for young children and information on Imagination Library. The Small Fry Lapsit program is for parents and children up to 24 months in age in the Joy Griffin Children’s Room at the Library. Early literacy development is the focus of the Small Fry Lapsit. This program is arranged so that each young child, under 2 years of age, sits on an adult’s lap. This way both children and parents can participate, following along with rhymes, movement activities, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Small Fry Lapsit is designed: especially for those younger children who, due to age and inexperience, will benefit from a more intimate storytime experience at the library; to help very young children become comfortable with a library storytime structure and yet allow for all those wonderful qualities that make toddlers special! During the Lapsit, each child should have an adult partner: with whom to share the experience, which makes each storytime successful; to provide a lap on which to sit; to help model storytime behavior; to remember the words or actions to a favorite fingerplay or singing game so it can be played again (and again and again) at home! Open/free to public.

Craft Projects at Timeless Toys
Cosponsored by: Timeless Toys
1 p.m.
Timeless Toys, Homer, AK
235-1359
Pre-registration recommended

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Craft project for ages 3 to 5: Option 1- Make your own sock puppet (limit 10 kids). Option 2- Handprint Kit (limit 9 kids). Pre-registration recommend due to limited space. Free!


Friday, April 27, 2012

HOMER

Pratt Play Date
Cosponsored by Pratt Museum
10-11 a.m.
Pratt Museum 3779 Bartlett St
435-3322

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Bring your toddler and enjoy hands-on activities in our Marine Gallery. This free family event is designed for babies and toddlers. You are never too young to start visiting your local museum! Open to public/free.

Swinging Family Play Time
9:30 – 11:30 a.m
Jeanne’s Learning Yurt 866 Linda Ct
235-6547 jeanneslearningyurt@gmail.com

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Place for kids of all ages to explore a wide variety of movement opportunities including climbing, swinging, balancing, eye-hand coordination, rhythm and tumbling. Neuro-physical development is vital for a healthy brain of any age. Free. Open to public/free

Homer Head Start Open House
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1266 Ocean Drive
235-4322

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), concrete support in times of need (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids),

Event Description: See our center, enjoy a snack, learn about our programs for children ages 3-5 years, apply for 2012/2013 program year. Children welcome, of course! Open to public/free

Toddler Playgroup – Homer
Cosponsored by Community Recreation
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Boys & Girls Club Homer, AK235-6090

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults), concrete support in times of need (for adults), healthy social and emotional development (for kids),

Event Description: Parents and their children from birth to age 5 are welcome to run, romp, and play. For this week, it is free for first time attendees! Punch cards are available for future attendance: 10 punches for $20, 20 punches for $40. This playgroup operates during the school year.

Singing and Stories with Michael Murray
Sponsored by Homer Bookstore
11 a.m. – Noon
The Homer Bookstore
235-7496 or homerbookstore@ak.net
www.homerbookstore.com

Protective Factor Addressed: Social connections (for adults) Healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Songs and storytelling with Michael Murray Open to public/free


Saturday, April 28, 2012

HOMER

Community Café: Strengthening Families
Sponsored by Sprout
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Christian Community Church
435-7101

Protective Factor Addressed: Parent resilience (for adults), social connections (for adults), knowledge of parenting and child development (for adults) – main focus is healthy social and emotional development (for kids)

Event Description: Gathering of parents and ECE supporters to learn more about the Strengthening Families model and 5 protective factors, share feedback and set new goals for our community. Child care provided (free). Lunch provided. Open to public/free.