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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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Nut-free HabitotNut Free logo

It turns out that many peanut-sensitive kids are also sensitive to tree nuts, so after consulting with pediatricians on our Advisory Board, we are extending our peanut-free policy to include all tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and Brazil nuts), effective immediately.

Thank you for your help in keeping Habitot's main museum and classroom annex healthy spaces for all children.

 Jiji Letu Challenge Gift

Wawi painting Great news! We have received a challenge gift of $1,000 to help us build Jiji Letu - the interactive exhibit we've envisioned with our partners Jiji la Watoto to bring African arts and cultural alive for children and families. We are hoping to open the exhibit in 2011 and then take it on the road throughout the Bay Area.

For every dollar donated, we'll receive a dollar for the Jiji Letu exhibit, up to $1,000, making it possible for us to raise $2,000 in all, a significant portion of the cost of the exhibit! We are actively raising funds to make this dream a reality. Hear from Catherine and Annette, our partners from Jiji la Watoto, why Jiji Letu needs and deserves your support.

"We founded our organization, Jiji la Watoto, in 2009 to preserve Kenyan culture for our children, as we learned it from our parents and grandparents growing up. This exhibit will help us share the music, art, dance, and story-telling of our African culture as we remember it. It will allow Bay Area young children to experience Kenyan family and household life through play. Children will learn Swahili words, play authentic instruments, wear colorful clothing, dance to familiar songs and drum beats, and pretend to prepare food for communal meals. As they grow older, we hope they will be inspired to discover their African heritage and to appreciate the rich cultures among us."

Please help us match our challenge gift today!    Donate Now logo

Smiles and Tears at Preschool Teacher Awards Reception2010 Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Reception photo

We had a fantastic turnout for our 2nd "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" awards ceremony in late September. Almost 100 family members, colleagues and friends came to our evening reception to support their winning teacher in receiving his or her award -- which included gift certificates to educational catalogs and stores, puppets, Habitot memberships and field trips and teaching materials donated by local businesses.

More than a few tears were shed as nominators spoke admiringly of their winning teacher's many gifts and accomplishments. "This is so great that you do this," said one teacher about Habitot's awards program. "No one recognizes preschool teachers for the work we do, and many of our programs are on the chopping block."

As regular readers will recall, Habitot invites a panel of judges from the community to read the nominations of exemplary preschool teachers who show joy, empathy and creativity in working with young children. This year, we received 97 nominations and the judges selected 11 teachers for awards! A truly diverse group of teachers working in a variety of settings throughout the East Bay was recognized. A majority of the winning teachers work with vulnerable populations.

We’d like to recognize and thank the following companies for their generous support:

  • Do a Dot Art
  • Folkmanis
  • School Specialty
  • Five Little Monkeys
  • Golden Apple Learning Store
  • Dick Blick Art Materials
  • Flax Art and Design
  • Games of Berkeley
  • Giggle
  • Homeroom Teacher
  • Rockridge Kids
  • A Child’s Delight
  • Diesel Books
  • Lauren’s Closet
  • Office Max
  • Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids
  • Peekabootique
  • Toy-Go-Round
  • FREE Parenting Support Class Series Mom Baby Silhouette

    Come to the annex on three Wednesday evenings in October to meet with other toddler-parents to discuss the challenges, joys and questions of raising very young children. April Edinger Hamilton, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will facilitate. Wednesdays, October 13, 20 & 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

    In November, a second series will focus on communication skills between parents which are put to the test when co-parenting young children. Come meet with other parents to share your concerns, ideas and questions in this group also facilitated by April Edinger Hamilton. Wednesdays, November 10, 17 & 24, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

    Both support groups are free with registration 510-647-1111 x 14.

    Enrollment is limited.

    Childcare is available in the main museum, $10/per child; $7.50 for siblings.

    Remember to signup for eScrip this month!eScrip logo

    eScrip is an incredibly easy ways to support Habitot year-round. eScrip doesn't cost you a dime! Here's how it works. You register one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use with the eScrip program. Participating merchants will make contributions to Habitot, based on your purchases when you use registered cards. Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are donating to Habitot!

    Thanks to all of the Habitot families that have committed to supporting Habitot through the eScrip Program. Over 17 new supporters were added during our September eScrip drive. In case you missed an eScrip sign-up day in the museum, it’s not too late. There are two more days to sign-up! Jessica Evans, a Habitot member will be available on October 4 & 6 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm to help you with eScrip registration. You can sign-up anytime, of course, just ask of a registration form at the front desk or register on line at www.escrip.com

    A special thanks to our eScrip supporters, as well, for your continued support of Habitot. Please remember to renew your Safeway Club Card registration with eScrip. You must renew your Safeway Club Card annually to continue to support Habitot with your purchases. A few minutes of your time could mean hundreds of dollars for Habitot. Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “Yes Renew!”

    To see a complete list of participating merchants, visit eScrip's website www.escrip.com

    Register now for eScrip!

    Chevron Volunteers Refurbish MuseumChevron logo

    A dozen Chevron employees showed up at Habitot on September 15, our annual fall Spit 'n Polish Day. In forty person-hours, they washed all the chairs in the Art Studio and snack room, painted the Art Studio, face painting table, cubbies and benches, and cleaned the art studio tables.

    Thank you, Chevron!

    Lotus Bloom Exhibit InstallationLotus Bloom logo

    Habitot has received $5,000 from an anonymous East Bay family foundation to install two exhibits in Lotus Bloom's community meeting space. Lotus Bloom serves low income families and children in the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland. We have a pending grant to support programming to help these families use exhibit based play to help children learn language, math, science and social skills so important for school readiness.

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