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.
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, 9:00 – 10:00 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.
RP – ELI Monday, 10:30 – 12:00 am
A unique parent/child group experience for children with sensory integration needs. This group will offer: Opportunities for spontaneous and guided developmental play and social interaction through sensory activities. Learning opportunities that will focus on tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive input. Observation and exploration of calming, organizing and alerting responses within a natural play environment that will help the child become more focused, adaptable and skilful in the different developmental areas …And of course, lots of… singing, swinging, snacking, massaging, bubble blowing. Jell-o mushing, goop making, rolling, twirling, tunneling, parachuting, and lots and lots and lots more! This group is led by an occupational therapist and supported by a multidisciplinary staff. Parents will be encouraged to be active participants so as to better discover, determine and serve their child’s sensory-motor preferences and strategies.
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.
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
This group is for children ages 12-30 months. 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.
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.
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, and Emily Pasch, Physical 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.
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.