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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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Saturday Space Science SeriesAustronaut Boy

With prize winning scientists and world-class science museums in our backyard, we've pulled together a June Saturday Science Series with a focus on space sciences, in celebration of our Rocketship and Mission Control exhibit. Come hear ideas from scientists for getting young kids interested in astronomy, moon craters and sun & shadows.

See Performances and Events listings for full details.

Caregiver Open House - Planned for August 7caregiver

From June through September, look for free Car Seat Inspections, CPR and choke-saving demonstrations, poison control information, baby-proofing advice and much more!

Thanks to State Farm Insurance Companies, FREE admission during all safety events!

See Performances and Events listings for full details.

Nominations are in for Preschool Teacher ContestPreschool Teachers Make a Difference - 2010 logo

Thirty-eight preschool teachers have been nominated in Habitot's 2nd annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" contest. The deadline for nominations was May 29.

The nominated teachers represent preschools in communities throughout the East Bay and beyond -- from independent preschools, to child development centers, to Head Start programs. A distinguished panel of judges will review the nominators' statements and ten winners will be announced June 18. The 2010 judges are:

    Stacey Boyd, Bay Area founder of the Savvy Source, an online resource for preschools nationwide
    Rona Renner, RN, parent educator, temperament specialist and host of Childhood Matters Radio Show on 98.1 KISS-FM
    Ramee Serwanga, formerly of The Room to Grow preschool in Oakland, and a winner of the 2009 "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" award
The awards ceremony honoring the winning teachers will be held at a "Back to School" event on Monday, September 20! Please join us in recognizing these wonderful teachers:
    Cameo Arnold, Burbank Preschool
    Nga Bui, El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative
    Nelly Caloca, Franklin State Preschool
    Aaron Calvert, Step One School
    Franca Cioria, Berkeley Hills Nursery School
    Ann Clements, El Cerrito Preschool & Coop
    Joanie Deksnys, Golden Poppy Preschool
    Nicole Dixon, Nia House Learning Center
    Maryam Fofana, Rainbow School
    Maria Fortanel, Betty’s Children’s Academy
    Terry Gillen, Berkeley Hills Nursery School
    Victoria Gong, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center Preschool
    Kameka Goodwin, Grace Children’s Academy
    Eric Hart, Step One School
    Yeira Howell, Monte Tavor Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Program
    Muriel Johnson, Monteverde School
    Emily Karnsouvong, Brookside Children’s Center
    Janelle Kelso, Cornerstone Children’s Center
    Laurie Kemp, Piccoli Preschool
    Dorena Lee, Wah Mei School
    Olivia Leung, New Generation Child Development Center
    Jane Lin, Step One School
    Thor Matuschka, Duck’s Nest
    Betty McGhee, Betty’s Children’s Academy
    Martha Melgoza, Skytown Parent Coop Preschool
    Catherine Miller, Pacifica Co-Op Nursery School
    Amy Murphy-Hilt, Cedar Creek Montessori School
    Mehrnaz Novinfar, College of Alameda Children’s Center
    Kathy Pastore, Redwood Parents Nursery School
    Judith Rawner, Holding Hands Preschool
    Emelda Rideau, Our Learning Center
    Gloria Rodriquez, Kindercare Learning Center
    Javier Sandoval, Contra Costa Early Learning Center
    Jeanie Tarner, Temple Sinai Preschool
    Kelli Tharpe, Little Sweet Peas Preschool
    Charlie Vincent, Step One School
    Alexis Walters, Step One School
    Melanie West, Casa Cerrito Preschool

"Taste of Africa" Event July 18 - Fundraiser for New African Village Exhibit"Preschool Teachers Make a Difference!" Awards logo

Habitot is currently collaborating with Jiji la Watoto, whose founders grew up in Kenya and currently lead our African music and culture class on Wednesdays, to design and build an interactive exhibit replicating an authentic African village. We hope to raise $10,000 at the "Taste of Africa" fundraising event planned for Sunday, July 18, and from individual donors.

The July event will feature delicious East African food, a performance of African dancing, an African-inspired fashion show, a silent auction of African art and artifacts, and lots of activities for children including face-painting, games and crafts.

Tickets will go on sale this month - watch your mailbox!

Interested in volunteering or contributing to the auction, contact Lauren at dassoc@habitot.org or 510-647-1111 x 31.

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Introducing two new Board MembersBoard of Directors

Habitot is delighted to welcome Eric Techel and Laura Mytels to Habitot's Board of Directors.

Mr. Techel is Managing Director for Investment Operations at Capricorn Investment Group and father to twin Habitot tots. An Alameda resident, he's "excited about the opportunity" to help Habitot succeed.

Ms. Mytels, a self-employed strategy consultant with an MBA from Haas Business School, was formerly Senior Manager of Strategy at Razorfish. She's an Oakland resident with two boys, 5 and 2, and is joining Habitot's board "both for the future and for what Habitot currently offers the community." Welcome aboard!

Caregiver Open House - Planned for August 7caregiver

Mark your calendars for Habitot's first "meet-the-caregivers" open house. Dozens of caregivers available to work for your family starting in September 2010 will be on hand to share their qualifications, availability and philosophy of working with young children.

All caregivers will be "Habitot-experienced" and previously registered to work with one or more member families.

A small fee may be charged to defray the cost of hosting the event.

Caregivers interested in attending should register with Rachel at 510-647-1111 x 16 or parented@habitot.org.

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