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This summer, from June 12th through August 7th, “wee” will be exploring the Museum…and beyond! Due to the Museum’s summer camp schedule we will be at the museum every OTHER week. On non-museum days we will be exploring a community play area or meeting at our classroom site at Early Learning Institute in Rohnert Park. Our schedule will be as follows: • JUNE 5th MUSEUM* • JUNE 12th the play area in Coddingtown Mall near Whole Foods Market • JUNE 19th MUSEUM* • JUNE 26TH Early Learning Institute, 311 Professional Center Drive, Suite 100 in Rohnert Park • JULY 3rd [...]
Deciding to Have Another Child Feels Much More Complicated A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective by Howard Termo, EIS In Parent Support Groups and on PEAS home visits, parents share that having a child in developmental services has affected their lives in many ways, including how they approach building their family. They’d considered having 2, maybe 3 children, but now they are not so sure. Though many parents are quick to clarify that they cannot see life without their cherished child, they also admit they are managing much more than they ever would have expected. Naturally as families resume [...]
Spotlight on Development By Kathleen Kelley, MA Stuck for a topic, I ask the crew of Lincoln Log builders in my living room for article ideas. “You can write about how awesome I am.” Replies Alden. Alden is great – smart, creative, funny, but maybe a narrow focus for a Mothers Club article. The three boys return to their work. They discuss design, strategy and story lines as a village emerges for their action figures. As I admire their complicated play, an article theme emerges, boys are awesome. I returned to the living room to interview the boys: Patrick, [...]
Picture: ELI's first Board President Sue Powell I admit it, some days I have to be reminded to be actively grateful for the gift of generous people in my life. It isn’t that I’m ungrateful, exactly…it’s just that I get sort of full of myself and forget to be mindful of my gratitude. Take today, for example. I had a stack of thank you letters and donation receipts to sign, and then the envelopes to fill out and the postage, and so on…and about a million other things to attend to. So I grumped to myself. But then I started [...]
We have had several inquires about an event happening at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds April 23 & 24, 2016. This event, called the "Wine Country Comic Con" is NOT connected to ELI. The confusion seems to be stemming from some of their literature in which they state they are raising money to build an early learning center for children with autism, sometimes referred to by the organizers as an Early Learning Institute. They do have a GoFundMe page as well, using the same phrases. We have been in contact with the organizers, who are working to remove our name and [...]
Please Join Mary's Pizza Shack in supporting The Early Learning Institute at a Dine and Donate Fundraiser on TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2016! Bring this Flyer for the Mary's Pizza shack in Rohnert Park. Twenty percent of your purchase will be donated to ELI when you present this Flyer with your order. Mary's Flyer
By: Howard Termo, EIS Parents of children with developmental needs tell of experiences that are sometimes hard to bear. Some of their stories seem shocking; others are poignant or sad, while others are uplifting and instructive. Though parents express varying reactions to their experiences, many report they feel at least a little better after sharing them out loud. If you can share it, you can bear it, says Dr. Dan Siegel, author of Parenting From The Inside Out. PEAS believes this to be true. Here are two stories that in the telling opened doors to building resilience. In a parent [...]
Blue snow cone juice melting down her chin, she stepped up to lead the group. “Let’s talk,” said 7 year old Tatum. She and her younger sister, Kenna, were camped on lounge chairs at the pool with my two boys. The crew had been swimming for a couple hours and were ready for a few minutes of quiet snow cone slurping. After this lull, Tatum initiated a conversation. My boys looked perplexed. Maybe it was the chlorine and sunshine, but the concept of talking for the sake of talking was foreign. Patrick and James are rarely ever quiet in [...]
As we begin 2016, I can't help but think, "is it really possible that ELI is 17?!" We are practically a grow-up Agency! So much has changed but our core mission of serving young children, their families and our community remains solidly the same. 2016 appears that it will be a relatively quiet and calm year. Our contract programs are not up for renewal in 2016, allowing us the breathing room to focus on quality improvement and innovations. How can we do what we already do well, even better? How can we show (with data, stories, pictures and posts) what [...]