Natural Stages of Play

The Early Learning Institutes’s Play Groups Program is dedicated to providing and promoting Developmental Services, Education, and Support to young children and their families within a play-based, social environment. The staff at Early Learning Institute (ELI) believes that most children grow and learn in all areas of development through the natural stages of play and through their social interactions. Providing the opportunity for a community based play group in a nurturing and educationally enriched environment supports this philosophy. ELI playgroups allow children to expand on their developmental skills in a social setting supported by such multi-disciplinary staff as early childhood educators, therapists and community inclusion.

Playgroup Information

Please Contact:
Katie Mason
707-591-0170
Katiem@earlylearninginstitute.com

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(*) Indicates the group is bilingual.

RP – ELI
Early Learning Institute
311 Professional Center Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

SR – ELI
340 Tesconi Circle, Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

SR – CMOSC
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
1835 W Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

*Stability and Mobility

RP – ELI
Monday, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Opportunities for spontaneous and guided developmental play and social interaction through motor play activities for (primarily) non-ambulatory children. Learning opportunities will focus on developing and maintaining core stability that is necessary to establish functional patterns for emerging skills in mobility. This class is co-taught by a P.T., O.T. and Child Development Specialist.

*Scribbles & Giggles 

Santa Rosa – ELI
Monday, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Laugh & giggle-Squish & squiggle- Dance and sing-Paint almost anything! Play & pretend- Make a new friend- Create & explore- And come back for more!!

Scribbles and Giggles is a unique social play group that offers playful interactions focused on art based activities involving a wide array of sensory materials and tactile exploration for children between the ages of 18 -36 months old.

 

*Wee Explore

SR – CMOSC
Monday, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Wee Play at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County (CMOSC) is a unique parent/child developmental playgroup for children between the ages of 18-30 months old. This social play group offers opportunities for spontaneous and guided creative play with an emphasis on sensory based activities. The CMOSC provides a wonderful and wonder-filled setting where children can explore, discover and practice their emerging developmental skills within a well supported playful and inclusive environment. This class is co-taught by a bilingual team of multi-disciplinary Early Childhood Educators.

*Wee Play

Tuesday @ RP – ELI
12-24 Months: 9:30 – 10:30 am
24-36 Months: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday @ SR – ELI
12-24 Months: 9:30 – 10:30 am
24-36 Months: 10:45 – 11:45 am
*all groups are taught by a bi-lingual, multi-disciplinary staff

Laugh and giggle – Squish and squiggle – Dance and sing – Paint (almost) everything – Cook and bake – Learn from mistakes – Play and pretend – Make a new friend – Create and explore – And come back for MORE!!

Educationally based playgroups offer a child and his/her family the opportunity to meet and interact with other children and families in a safe and supportive environment.

Through creative games and activities, children have the chance to practice their developing social, problem solving and motor skills. A variety of special focus groups have been designed to enhance, augment, and expand a child and family’s early intervention experience.

ELI also offers playgroups for typically developing birth to 3 year olds within the community setting. These groups have slots saved specifically for children with special needs in order to provide an integrated experience for all the children.

*Wee Merry Music Makers

RP – ELI

Blended ages 9:30 – 10:30 am

28-36 Months: 11:00 – 12:00 pm

 A community-based developmental social play group. Opportunities for spontaneous and guided developmental play and social interaction for young children with special needs within an integrated community setting are provided.Play activities are rhythm- and movement-based, which often times support and enhance emerging language skills and the formation of important relationships. This class is co-taught by music therapist Jamie Blumenthal through Northbay Music Therapy.

Juntos Jugamos

RP – ELI
Wednesday, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

A predominately Spanish speaking social play group for children with special needs. This group offers a safe and nurturing environment for children and their primary caregivers where they can explore and discover their emerging developmental skills, their environment, play activities and peer relationships. Family support, networking and education within the nuclear and community settings are also strong components of this group. This class is co-taught by Child Development Specialists.

*Wee Play and SayJugamos y Hablamos

Wednesday @ RP – ELI
English: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Spanish: 10:30 – 11:30 am

Designed as a Language and Early Literacy group for the Wee Ones, Wee Play and Say is a developmental playgroup specifically designed for children (24-48 months old) in support of their oral language and early literacy development though a fun filled curriculum of interactive songs, art projects and motor activities. Classes are guided by a speech therapist and early childhood educators who will help you understand and learn how to enhance these emerging skills and enrich your child’s language and literacy experience throughout his/her daily routines. This program is funded by First Five Sonoma and is provided at no cost to families. Transportation may be provided upon request.

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Building Blocks and Bridges

RP – ELI
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:30 am

This group is for children ages ~ 16-30 months. This group offers a safe and nurturing environment for children and their primary caregivers where they can explore and discover their emerging developmental skills through their environment, meaningful play activities, and peer relationships.

Family support, networking and education within the nuclear and community settings are also strong components of this group.
This class is co-taught by Child Development Specialists.

*Cuties in Booties

RP – ELI
Thursday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

This group is for infants ages ~4-12 months. Come ready to explore new things, hear new songs and learn simple infant-massage techniques that your baby will love! Taught by Ila Sherman, Occupational Therapist,  this integrated group will focus on fun, developmental play activities and parent discussion circles — sharing and supporting each other through the challenges of infant parenting.

*Two School

RP – ELI
Friday, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

This group is for children ages 30-36 months. The Early Learning Institute is pleased to offer a “pre-preschool” experience for children 30–36 months. The “Two School” program is specifically designed to meet the diverse needs for skill development in young children through play, art and music and movement activities. Group meets once a week for two hours and is led by an experienced multi-disciplinary staff specializing in early education and therapeutic services. The “Two School” provides a safe, integrated and nurturing environment for young children to expand, explore and challenge their emerging abilities in all areas of development. They will also gain exposure to, and practice of skills that they will encounter in their upcoming preschool classroom experience. Collaboration with other community-based agencies focus on supporting and guiding the family through the upcoming educational transition process, and is also offered through parent education and support workshops.