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Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
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Habitot-Project Joy Training Wows Educators Project Joy logo

Waldelia Gardner from Brookside Head Start, Richmond, shared her thoughts after the June 27-28 training retreat for 30 preschool teachers, “I’ve been teaching for 20 years, and been to lots of trainings, and this was the first one I’ve been to that put preschool teachers first!” Teacher feedback about the rejuvenating value of the retreat was extraordinary.

Habitot staff coordinated the presentation of the first West Coast “Preschool Playmaker Basic Training” training developed by Project Joy, a training that is designed to re-activate joy and playfulness in teachers working with vulnerable children exposed to trauma. With underwriting support from the Life is good Kids Foundation, the teachers, who were selected by Habitot, received full scholarships to participate. Habitot recently received a grant from the Trio Foundation to follow up with teachers over the next year. Planning has already begun for the 2010 training retreat.

For more info about the Habitot-Project Joy Training click here

9th Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign State Farm logo

Once again, State Farm Insurance Companies has generously stepped forward to sponsor Habitot's Early Childhood Safety Campaign, May – September. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, preventable accidents are the #1 cause of injuries and loss of life in 0-6 year old children.

A series of events from car seat checks to choke-saving demonstrations will increase visitors’ knowledge and skills to prevent toddlers’ accidents and injuries. This year, State Farm has funded a 40-hour car seat technician training for a Habitot staff member and free admission for visitors during all safety events. Click here for a listing of this month’s events

Back to School - Online Auction Project Joy logo

Habitot’s “Month of Valentines” online auction in February and “Mother’s Day” online auction in May raised nearly $2,000 for museum programs. A third online auction, “Back to School,” is planned for September and we hope it will be the biggest one yet.

The September auction will feature teachable skills and services from the community, including those donated by members and visitors. Know how to rebuild a fence, set up accounts on Quickbooks or bake a wedding cake? Donate one to four hours of your time teaching someone else your special talent. Your talent will be sold to the highest bidder and is a great, non-cash way to support Habitot.

If you would be willing to help solicit auction items or help organize the auction, our volunteer committee will have its first meeting in July. Please email Lauren at dassoc@habitot.org or call her at 510-647-1111 x31 for details.

Habitot thanks these generous local businesses for donating to this year’s auctions. Please patronize their businesses and let them know you appreciate their support of Habitot!

Bar Cesar, La Note, Magnet Boutique, Digs Bistro, Garibaldi’s, Skate’s on the Bay, Bellissima Day Spa, Marzano’s, Venezia, Kimpton Hotels, Chocolatier Blue, Edible Love Chocolates, Recharge Medical and Day Spa, Nurturing Spa for Wellness, The Brow Lounge, Café Gratitude, Herringbone Apothecary, California Shakespeare Theater, Linden Street Dance Studio, the Nurturing Spa for Wellness, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Shibumi Gallery, Supppenkuche, Seven Salon, Yoga Mandala, Philippa Roberts Jewelry, Bikram Yoga College of India, Real People Pilates, Argania Salon De’Beaute, Cosmo Spa Lounge, Stefanie Cox and Solano Grill and Bar.

Preschool Teachers Make A Difference - Contest Winners Preschool Teacher Awards logo

Eleven exemplary teachers are the winners in Habitot’s 1st Annual contest celebrating the outstanding contributions of early childhood educators. The teachers were selected by a distinguished panel of judges from nominations received from parents and school administrators from all over the Bay Area. Teachers will be honored at an awards ceremony at Habitot in September.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

    • Linda Cox-Kuntze, California School for the Deaf (CSD), Fremont
    • Frank Duhl, Binda Magic Family Child Care, San Francisco
    • Jacqueline Hardiman, Rockridge Little School, Oakland
    • Dolores Kelley, The Rainbow School, Oakland
    • Sherrie Rose Maleson, Congregation Beth Am's Gan Ami preschool,
      Los Altos Hills
    • Elizabeth (Betty) McPeek, Mauzy School, Alamo
    • Ramee Serwanga, The Room to Grow, Oakland
    • Nangkeo Sipaseut, Contra Costa Community Services Balboa Children's
      Center, Fremont
    • Katie Ulmer, Meher School/ White Pony Preschool, Lafayette
    • Chris Walton, Jewish Community Center Preschool of the East Bay, Berkeley
    • Sandy Westlie, Peter Pan Parent Nursery School El Cerrito

It's Not Too Late to Vote Habitot as Best MuseumParents' Picks Nominee logo

Two weeks remain in ParentsConnect.com’s 2009 “Best of” contest in which Habitot has been nominated in both the Bay Area's "Best Museum" category and the Bay Area's "Best Art Class" category.

Please take a moment to vote online and let other parents know what you know about this very special place. You can vote every day until the deadline, July 15, and your vote will make a difference!

VOTE HERE FOR HABITOT for "Best Museum"!

VOTE HERE FOR HABITOT for "Best Art Class"!

YOU CAN VOTE EVERYDAY UNTIL July 15!

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