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Press Release: September 1, 2012
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Lauren Levin (510) 647-1111 x31
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Multicultural Toddler Classes at Habitot Children’s Museum

(Berkeley, CA) September 01, 2012

Habitot’s 2012 fall classes for toddlers and preschoolers offer a distinctly multicultural flair. African Music and Dance, Flavors of Asia, Musica with Mariela, and Art Around the World will delight children and parents alike. Classes are offered on a drop-in basis, $7 per child, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am.

  • African Music and Dance is taught by Catherine Ndungu-Case of Cheza Nami. In Catherine’s class, children develop rhythmic awareness and practice creative motion through dancing, drumming and song. Learning Swahili words and playing percussion instruments from Africa adds to the fun, and helps Catherine share the uniqueness of African culture. As she says, “I can give children and families more accurate images of Africa than what are often presented in the media today.”

  • Experienced Spanish-English singer Mariela Herrera offers “Musica with Mariela,” a bi-lingual music and storytelling experience. As Mariela says, she “teaches through melodies that connect cultures.” Toddlers will move to a Latin beat, sing along in Spanish and English and play drums, bells, maracas, rhythm sticks and more!

  • Herna Cruz-Louie from the Oakland Asian Cultural Center is teaching the cooking class, Flavors of Asia. In this class, tiny hands will chop vegetables, roll sushi, and pinch pot stickers as children explore traditional cuisine from all over Asia. Herna’s mantra is “The family that cooks together AND eats together, stays happy together!” – and we see a lot of happy families enjoying their culinary creations at the end of her class.

  • Art Around the World is taught by Rachel Kadner. In this fun, creative, hands-on class, children will create unique art projects inspired by the traditional art of Africa, South America, North America, Australia and more. Rachel has taught art for 10 years, but still sees something new each time a child shows her their artwork. She loves teaching art to kids because,“It is inspiring for me to help children discover their creativity.”

This exciting roster of multicultural classes fits perfect with Habitot’s long-standing commitment to diversity awareness and cultural competency as an organization. The museum’s Diversity Statement reads:  “By fostering dialog and active engagement between diverse families, Habitot aims to strengthen the common bond we share in raising the next generation.”

Based on U.S. Census data, 112 languages are spoken in the Bay Area.  Habitot believes that it is crucial for our future citizens to grow up learning about cultural diversity from an early age. 

Catherine Ndungu-Case agrees, describing the motivation between her African Music and Movement class:  “I am able to contribute as a community member by sharing the things that I hold dear from my upbringing with others, while also allowing my own children to learn about their roots.”

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum was founded by parents and educators in 1992 to meet the unique needs and interests of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a safe and appropriate community setting. Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood.

Since opening in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 930,000 people, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe, appropriate and enriching experiences for young children, 0-5, as well as parenting support, connection and information for themselves.

Habitot Children’s Museum has been recognized as the “best museum for families” by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers and as a “five star destination” by the Lila Guide, along with numerous other accolades for its educational programs and community outreach. In addition, Habitot’s founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored for her years of public service in creating Habitot with a Bay Area “Jefferson Award”, as well as with a 2006 proclamation from the City of Berkeley as “Early Childhood Champion of the Year.”  In 2010, 2011 and in 2012, Habitot was designated a “Top Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations.  See all awards http://www.habitot.org/museum/about_awards.html

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
www.habitot.org