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Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111

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Advocacy for First 5 Needed Urgently First 5 logo

As many of our supporters know, Habitot depends on First 5 funding for its vital inclusion programs for teen parents, special needs families, homeless families and many others - programs that take place in the afternoons when the Museum is closed. Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation passed by both houses of the state legislature to sweep a whopping $1 billion from First 5 reserve funds and from First 5 Commissions throughout the state. Alameda County alone stands to lose $24 million which will certainly have an impact, not only on Habitot's funding, but on that of dozens of other local organizations providing a safety net and other supports for vulnerable young children and families. Legal challenges are underway, after all, First 5 and a tobacco tax specifically to support First 5 have been approved twice by voters, but in the meantime, another threat looms: a bill has been introduced to abolish First 5 altogether! This legislation is being heard in the Senate Health Committee on April 13 and voters need to be heard from by April 6. If you live in Contra Costa County, email committee member Senator Mark DeSaulnier.

Anyone can send a letter to the Committee Chair, Senator Ed Hernandez, OD, Senate Health Committee, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Here are talking points from the First 5 Association:

  • As budget cuts and the recession have battered families, First 5 has continued to provide basic assistance and support to California's youngest children and their families. The loss of First 5 would further dismantle of the safety net for vulnerable families.

  • In many counties First 5 is one of few remaining sources of support for community-based service organizations. De-funding First 5 would impact thousands of jobs in the non-profit sector.

  • In 2008-2009, county commissions raised $1 for every $3 they invested, bringing into their counties more than $58 million in new federal funds and more than $74 million in private funds. Ending First 5 would result in the loss of millions in federal and private funds leveraged by county commissions annually.

  • Gutting First 5 will devastate a wide range of programs and will dismantle services that have taken a decade to establish. In nearly every county, First 5 has forged partnerships that have resulted in more efficient and coordinated services between and among private and public agencies.
  • Contra Costa Libraries Join Outreach Effo"Explore the Possible" Fundraiser Planned for November 10rts membership logo

    We're looking for eighteen amazing Table Hosts to help support Habitot's fall luncheon fundraiser. If you love Habitot and want to help us succeed, this is a fun opportunity to let your friends and colleagues know about the great work Habitot does. You will not have to ask anyone directly for funds. Your challenge will be to fill a table with at least 9 other guests to hear about Habitot's dreams and aspirations and what we need to raise in funds to succeed. The event is free and there will be training and support for all Table Hosts.

    If you think you'd be interested, contact Lauren at 510-647-1111 x 31 or dassoc@habitot.org and she can explain the opportunity. And if you'd like to attend as a guest, mark your calendars and let us know you'll be there!

    3rd Annual Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards Accepting Nominations through May 31 childcraft logo

    Childcraft, the North American distributor of a wide variety of educational and teacher resources, has agreed to be the Lead Sponsor of Habitot's 3rd Annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Awards." The company will provide ten $100 gift certificates to the winning teachers. The teachers, who will be selected by a community panel of experts.

    The contest will begin April 16 with nominations accepted through May 31. Anyone receiving this Tot-Mail newsletter will receive the nomination form by email.

    For more information, contact Lauren at 510-647-1111 x32 or dassoc@habitot.lmi

     Lotus Bloom Open House a Hit

    Lotus Bloom event photo Over 75 neighborhood residents and community leaders attended last week's Open House at Lotus Bloom, celebrating a year-long partnership between their organization and Habitot Children’s Museum. With funding from an anonymous East Bay foundation and the Trio Foundation, Habitot’s award-winning play and learning exhibits for young children have been on display in Lotus Bloom’s community annex since last fall.

    Angela Louie Howard, Executive Director of Lotus Bloom, says of the partnership: “This collaboration with Habitot Children’s Museum has been a dream come true. We’ve been able to bring high-quality dramatic play exhibits to a high-need neighborhood, and we’ve seen a striking increase in excitement around play, literacy, and learning for the children and their families.”

    FREE Mindful Parenting Class this Month Mom Baby Silhouette

    Local psychologist, mom, and parentcoach, Dr. Erica Reischer, will lead a free, interactive workshop that will share proven parenting methods that help parents raise happy, secure and loving kids.

    Enrollment in the Thursday, April 14 workshop from 6:15 - 7:45 pm is limited so register early!

    Please contact Lydia at (510) 647-1111 x14 or habitotvsc@gmail.com

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