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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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Introducing Our New Board Member fireman's fund logo

Habitot is delighted to welcome Abayomi Brame to the Board of Directors. Mr. Brame is a former Program Coordinator for Brighter Beginnings, a Bay Area Chapter member in 100 Black Men and a Habitot member. He brings expertise in developing and facilitating fathering and parent education programs, youth development and financial management. He has many ideas for raising funds and is committed to keeping Habitot going. “People need to know that places like Habitot could be gone tomorrow. We all have to step up through this downturn.”

Great Items in Back to School Auction, Sept 16 -25 Project Joy logo

Habitot's ‘Back to School’ auction will take place September 16 - 25! Auction items will help you expand your knowledge, learn a new skill, or just get pampered! The URL to our EBay page will be posted on our website www.habitot.org. If you are a Tot-Mail reader, you’ll receive an announcement as well. Look for:

• A private ballet lesson for up to ten children at the Shawl-Anderson Dance
. Perfect for a birthday party!
• Family portrait sessions from Ten Toes Photos and Nan Phelps Photography.
• Dinner at Oliveto Restaurant.
• Tickets for the Sippy Cups at Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco
• ….and many more!

It’s not too late to donate to the auction.
Support Habitot – generate some new clients!

To donate to the auction, please email Lauren at dassoc@habitot.org or call her at 510-647-1111x31.

Thank you to these stalwart volunteers who’ve dedicated hours to rounding up the auction items: Anastasia Gordon, Jenny Moore, Christine Chan, Nicole Henderson, Kristina Greer, Beverly Mislang, and Rachel Pachivas.

Habitot Reception Planned for Award-Winning Preschool Teachers 2009 Winner - "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Reception

On Monday, September 21, the eleven exemplary preschool teachers -- winners in our 1st Annual “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” contest -- will be congratulated at a Reception and Awards Presentation at Habitot from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Anyone associated with the following teachers or schools may RSVP to attend. Email Lauren at dassoc@habitot.org to be added to the guest list.

    • 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

We are grateful to the following businesses for their support of “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference”: Alex Toys, Blick Art Materials, Do a Dot Art, Five Little Monkeys, Folkmanis, the Golden Apple Learning Store, Lauren’s Closet, Office Max, Rockridge Kids, School Specialty, Silver Moon, and Staples.

Taking Habitot Outdoors: New Collaboration Helps Children Explore Nature Child Explors Nature\

Children’s imagination, mental and physical health, and creativity flourish when given plenty of opportunities to play in the outdoors. This fall, Habitot will offer two outdoor ‘play in nature’ days which are part of a broader community effort by the Bay Area Play Coalition to restore free play to children’s homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

The Coalition is an outgrowth of the 2008 Play Symposium that was co-sponsored by Habitot. Hooked on Nature will lead free nature walks for toddlers and their families on UC Berkeley campus. Click here for class description.

Habitot desires outdoor space in any future museum facility. If you would like to join our site committee to aid in the search for a larger space with outdoor capacity, please contact Gina Moreland at 510-647-1111 x11, or at habitot@lmi.net.

New Site Committee Forming First 5 Alameda County logo

The silver lining in this economy is that more commercial real estate is being offered for sale, and at more reasonable prices, than at any time in the last ten years.

Habitot’s relocation and expansion plans which have been on hold since 2007, could be resurrected with community interest and involvement. Several promising properties have been identified.

If you are interested in joining the effort to secure a larger and more accessible space for Habitot, or just to hear more about the idea with no obligations, please contact Executive Director, Gina Moreland at 510-647-1111 x 11, habitot@lmi.net.

Invitation to Participate in UC-Berkeley Infant Study UC Berkeley Infant Studies Center logo

Habitot parents with children ages 7-20 months are invited to participate in research on crawling and emotion at the Infant Studies Center at UC-Berkeley. Research hopes to uncover how infants’ perceptions and behavior change with the onset of locomotion. The study observes infant behavior in the “Moving Room” and the “Visual Cliff.”

Parents remain with their babies the entire time and may actively participate in the study. Each session lasts one to one and half hours and typically concludes with a brief locomotor assessment and a developmental questionnaire. At the end of the study you will receive a baby diploma and a small keepsake.

If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, call 510-643-0614 or email babycenter@berkeley.edu. Please include your full name and your phone number in emails.

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