At the core, Habitot is about ensuring that all young children in our community reach their potential. That means investing in the whole family.

Young children need engaging and enriching hands-on experiences to learn and grow. New parents need information, peer support, and parenting strategies that help guide them in being their children’s first teachers. The most vulnerable in our community must be welcomed and included in program participation and development.

Habitot’s mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children through hands-on exhibits and programs for the whole family. Along with caring, these are the 4 C’s of 21st century learners.

Habitot’s Mission

Our mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children.

Habitot’s Key Initiatives

Advocating for Early Childhood Learning through Play by publicly demonstrating through exhibits and programs that young children learn best through play, and that children become socially skilled and emotionally healthy through play;

Supporting Preschool Arts by cultivating children’s natural creativity and imagination from the earliest years, fostering authentic, self-directed, “process not product” art and by presenting enriching cultural performances from musicians, dancers, storytellers and singers;

Fostering Parent Education by increasing parent/caregiver understanding of early childhood development and successful parenting to enhance parent-child bonding and family well-being so that children thrive; and

Building Community by serving as a center for community engagement, parent-to-parent connection, and supportive caregiver networks, and including vulnerable populations through dedicated programs.

Habitot maintains dedicated outreach and inclusion programs to ensure that all families, including low-income as well as foster and teen parent families, families experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ and special needs families, formerly incarcerated parents and others are welcomed.

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