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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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State Farm Funds Habitot's 11th Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign

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Helping parents and caregivers avoid preventable accidents and injuries among young children is the goal of Habitot's annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign. Sponsored once again by State Farm Insurance, FREE Car Seat Inspections, including one this month on Saturday, June 11 (click here for event details) ,CPR and choke-saving demonstrations, poison control information, baby-proofing advice and much more will take place both in the community and at Habitot between June and early October. Saturday morning car seat checks will be held in the parking lots of three East Bay Regional Parks, with support from SafeKids, Alameda County Public Health and Children's Hospital, Oakland. All other events will take place at Habitot with support from Bay Area Red Cross, Capture Technologies, The Childproofer, YMCA, and the Berkeley Public Health Department.

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

See Performances and Events listings for full details.

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Nominations Are in for Preschool Teacher Contest

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Over 77 preschool teachers have been nominated in Habitot's 3rd annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" contest!

The nominated teachers represent preschools in communities throughout the East Bay and beyond -- from independent preschools, to child development centers, to Head Start programs. Please join us in recognizing the 2011 Nominees:

• Mary Aima - Grand Lake Montessori, Oakland
• Terry Alejo - A Child’s Hideaway, Fremon
• Tony Ayala - Building Blocks Children Center, Concord
• Gianna Babb - Burbank Preschool, San Lorenzo
• Abby Bachanas - Alphabet Soup Preschool, San Jose
• Stephanie Balch-Berntsen - Pasitos Preschool, San Jose
• Karen Baldwin - A Jump Ahead Preschool, Oakley
• Farina Baporia - Letterman Digital Arts Child Care Center, San Francisco
• Carrie Batesol - Little Lambs Ministries, Fremont
• Debbie Booth - Franklin Park Co-Op Preschool, Santa Rosa
• Deserae Bright - Grand Lake Montessori, Oakland
• Mame Cambel-Salin - Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School, San Francisco
• Melissa Catalano - My Play Place, Alameda
• Thelma Chew - Peter Pan School, Alameda
• Erica Chiarucci - JCCSF Brotherhood Way Preschool, San Francisco
• Patricia Clark - Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool, Livermore
• Sybille Cohen - Bay Area Kinderstube, Albany
• Nicole Dettore - Bright Horizons/Letterman Digital Arts, San Francisco
• Lesia Diaz -Seeds of Tomorrow, San Leandro
• Carolynn DiGiuseppi - Carolynn’s Montessori for Toddlers, Petaluma
• Stacey Dorn - Alphabet Soup Preschool, San Jose
• Heather Due - The Little School Tiburon, Tiburon
• Roxana Feirrera - Wawasi Children’s Center, Albany
• Lisa Forsland - Alphabet Soup Preschool, San Jose
• Valentina Feldman - Holy Family Day Home, San Francisco
• Laura Firpo - Childhaven Preschool, Brentwood
• Lisa Fitch - Inch By Inch, Oakland
• Judy Glaeser - St. Anne’s Preschool, San Francisco
• Bonnie Hasson - Bonnie's Playhouse, Sunnyvale
• Jacqueline Hardiman - Rockridge Little School, Oakland
• Paula Hewitson - Holly Park Toddler Playgroup, San Francisco
• Sarah Higgins - JCC East Bay, Berkeley
• Yuri Hinson - Haste Street Child Development Center, Berkeley
• Elizabeth Jones - The Kids Place of Novato, Novato
• Jia Jun Men - St. Thomas Apostle Preschool and Pre-K Learning Center, San Francisco
• Judy Kahn - Beatie Street Preschool and Kindergarten, Oakland
• Gloria Kama - His Growing Grove, Castro Valley
• Nur Katz - JCC East Bay, Berkeley
• Samira Kayyal Abedrabbo - Mission YMCA Preschool Program, San Francisco
• Leta Koerber - Grand Lake Montessori, Oakland
• Irma Lastra - College of Alameda Children's Center, Alameda
• Monica Lecht - Friends of Potrero Hill Nursery School, San Francisco
• Helen Lebert - Beacon Day School, Oakland
• Sidney Leck - Grand Lake Montessori, Oakland
• Gala Lola Natasha - The Little People Preschool, San Francisco
• Mark Maby - Bing Nursery School, Stanford
• Yinyin Mar - Nature’s Gift Preschool, Fremont
• Christine Mari - Monticello Academy, Santa Clara
• Kathleen Marte - Los Amigos, Richmond
• Marisela Mascorro - The Child Unique Montessori, Alameda
• Limor Maymom - Shalom School, San Francisco
• Katy McKay - Mother Earth’s Children Family Child Care, Campbell
• Jim McCaffrey - Rainbow School, Oakland
• Joni Miller - Franklin Preschool, Berkeley
• Dyanna Nervis -Claremont Day Nursery School, Oakland
• Bich Nguyen - Diversity Children’s Center, Newark
• Jennifer Nucum-Reyes - St John Catholic School, San Lorenzo
• Susan O’mara - Susan’s Day Care, Vallejo
• Anne Olson - A Kid's Kingdom, Castro Valley
• Shelley Oosterhouse - North Creek Preschool, Walnut Creek
• Lucilia Ortega - Montessori at Five Canyons, Castro Valley
• Nora Ortega - Crescent Montessori School, Milpitas
• Tarcito Rocha - Heads Up!, San Jose
• Jill Rosenthal - Gan Avraham, Oakland
• Joy Rynearson - Monticello Academy, Santa Clara
• Kathy Saetern - Rockridge Montessori, Oakland
• Joanne Sander - Peter Pan Pre-school at the Church of Resurrection, Pleasant Hill
• Claudia Santos - Smiles Day School, Oakland
• Sarah Schneider - Bay Area Kinderstube, Albany
• Ana Segalini - Fuzzy Caterpillar Preschool, Alameda
• Amy Shank - Growing Circles Preschool, Oakland
• Wendy Smith - Novato Parents Nursery School, Novato
• Karen Sweezey - Headstart Program/Hacienda, Fremont
• Carol Thompson - Mamabear Playcare, Pinole
• Danny Tien - Grand Lake Montessori, Oakland
• Carla Tomaszewski - Petaluma Parent Nursery School, Petaluma
• Stephanie Tran-Trong, International School of the Peninsula, Palo Alto
• Cassandra Wiler - The Child Unique Montessori School, Alameda
• Anne Wijeyaratne - Anne’s Montessori Daycare, Richmond
• Flora Young - Miss Flora Child Care, Fremont

A distinguished panel of judges will review the nominators' statements and recommend ten winners who will be announced June 24. The 2011 judges are:

    Julie Nicholson, PhD, Director of the Leadership Program in Early Childhood at Mills College and Coordinator of the Bay Area Play Coalition
    Angie Garling, Coordinator of the Alameda County Childcare Planning Council
    Kelli Tharpe, a 2010 winner and director and teacher at Little Sweet Peas Preschool in San Pablo
    Maha Ibrahim, Senior Field Representative for California Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, 14th district.

The community is invited to a Back-to-School Celebration and awards ceremony for the winning ten teachers on September 26. Winning teachers will also be announced in the July Totmail.

Thank you once again to Childcraft • School Specialty for sponsoring this year's Contest and for and providing $100 gift certificates for each winning teacher.

Summer Camps for Tots Begin this Month

ABC 7Live logo It's not too late to sign up your toddler or preschooler for one of Habitot's popular annual summer day camps for tots (morning programs except for the last two weeks of August, when full day programs are offered). With a different theme every week, lots of hands-on activities, fun staff and classes limited to 12 children, kids and parents alike will appreciate the pre- preschool experience in the safety of Habitot's classroom annex. First session starts June 20. To register, contact Lydia at 510-647-1111 x 14 or habitotvsc@gmail.com.

Habitot is a Blue Star Museum - Free Summer Admission for Military Families Blue Star Museums logo

From Memorial Day to Labor Day 2011, Habitot will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America.

Over 300,000 military family members visited Blue Star Museums in 2010: Habitot is proud to be part of this program focusing on the approximately 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed, offering families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

Developing Our Board of Directors -  Habitot's Most Important Volunteers board

Habitot is delighted to welcome Greg Schultz, PhD. to Habitot's Board of Directors. Our board is now composed of nine members and one emeritus member. Mr. Schultz is Director of Education for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and a member of Habitot. He and his wife love our Parents' Night Out events!

This spring, the Board and staff participated in two weekend strategic planning retreats for Habitot, facilitated by expert facilitators, Elizabeth Carty of Carty Consulting and Anita McClendon. Participants found visioning what Habitot could be, identifying the obstacles in our way, and strategizing how to get there simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting, but in a good way. The Board is currently working on an action plan - stay tuned for more details for how you and other members of the community can be involved.

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