On Thursday, October 29th, The Coalition for Children is offering a cold dinner buffet, bar access for adult beverages, and a humorous parenting presentation with author and parenting expert, Jeanine Fitzgerald, at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, and all for only $20.00 (thank you, Bill Zammer)!!!
Jeanine's presentation "Is there Humor in Parenting?" will offer comedy and irreverent comfort to all parents and caregivers. Laugh at the commonalities felt by all while basking in the comfort of knowing that you are not alone on this crazy parenting train.
This night out is for all parents and providers, caregivers and spouses who would like to laugh and connect, relax and be entertained.
All payment must be received ahead of time, so call (508) 548 0151 x 172 to secure your spot today. Sign in and networking 5:00 - 5:30. Dinner 5:30 - 7:00. Presentation 7:30 - 8:30.
Scholarships are available, so if you cannot afford to attend, please call The Coalition for Children (508) 548 0151 x 172.
This program is brought to you by the Coalition for Children, the Community Network of Cape Cod,The Falmouth Public Schools, and Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition.
By: Tina Toran
Free Play & Learn groups in Falmouth begin this week. Have you checked on the Coalition for Children’s website? Have you signed up for a registered group? Do you know when and where all the drop-ins are? If not, maybe you need a couple of reasons to participate. How about 10?
Ten Reasons to Join a Playgroup*
1. Variety makes life spicy. Wake up. Feed baby. Change diapers. Look at dirty house. Ignore house. Feed baby. Change diaper. Put baby down for a nap. Baby cries. Feed baby…. There is nothing more glorious than bringing your baby home, but after a week or two, the sameness of the routine may become stressful. Playgroups provide a reason to get dressed (although very few have dress codes) and add structure to your days.
2. Friends make the world go round. The size of your group is space dependant, but most groups usually consist of at least seven or eight parents. Before you even put your child down, you have a whole room full of potential mom and dad friends. No ice breakers are necessary, you all have at least one thing in common, and adult conversation is just a new friend away!
3. Avoid isolation. Ping ponging, after-baby hormones can be destructive, and isolation can exacerbate the baby blues or maternal depression. If getting out of the house is the last thing you want to do, then it’s the first thing you probably should do. Getting out and meeting others can be a great way to assess your own health and well being. It’s also a great place to say, “you know, I think I need a little help.” Your new friends can, and will, listen with empathy: this is your choir.
4. Find your little Twyla. Playgroups differ according to age group, developmental appropriateness, and focus. The Coalition for Children offers free Lap Babies Groups, Mixed Age Playgroups, Tots ‘n Tales, Movement and Creative Music, and Intergenerational Groups. While their content is different, all of the songs, finger plays, dances, books, and the crafts are designed to provide the children with a variety of stimulating experiences.
5. Slow down, you move too fast. Have you ever heard anyone say, “I wish I could remove some hours from my day?” No, probably not. Everyone is always trying to fit more in, do more, add more. Playgroups are a place to relax, make friends and bond with your children. When you are holding your baby and singing or reading a book with your toddlers, you’re giving your child(ren) the message that this time is important, and you are important.
6. Social emotional learning is a Pre-K activity. Children do not come out of the womb with shiny social skills; these empty little vessels need to be taught how to do everything. While the work begins at home, playgroups are a great place to introduce and/or practice skills like how to treat friends, share, follow directions, gain independence, take turns, and deal with difficult situations. Consider playgroups as another school readiness exercise.
7. But she bit her best friend! Most community run playgroups are led by experienced leaders with child development experience. Many have folders and fliers with information about everything from toilet training and developmental delays, to eating issues – and of course, biting. If you have questions, please ask. If the leader does not have an answer, they will look for resources and bring them to the next meeting.
8. You are a life saver. Since Air Station Cape Cod is right in the middle of our attachment area, I’ve spoken to recently relocated families who have no familial supports: they know no one. One woman from the base called our office and asked for a baby sitter. She needed to go to the doctor and had no one to ask. Not one person. With time and attendance, trust builds and parents begin to reach out to each other. Many develop childcare friendships, which in any economy, including this one, is a definite mothers little helper.
9. What does your village look like? If it takes a village to raise strong, socially adept, and confident children (and parents) the earlier you make the connections, the stronger the foundation will be. Playgroups are the fertile ground from which spring literacy habits, parent and child together bonding, and life long friendships. If you are an adult with children ages birth to school age, we have a group for you. If you’re a visitor to our area and you don’t have access where you are, you might consider starting a group of your own.
10. Finding local support. If you are new to the area, or you are new to parenting and you need information about local resources – what do you do? If you live in Falmouth, you call us, THE COALITION FOR CHILDREN. We are a parent support and education program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. We offer free workshops, free parenting classes, free childcare resource guides, and free playgroups! Groups will begin the week of September 15th, 2014. For more information call (508) 548 0151 x 172. You can also check our website: http://www.thecoalitionforchildren.org.
Tina Toran is the co-coordinator of The Coalition for Children.The Coalition for Children is a grant funded, education and support program for parents and early childhood educators with children from birth to school age. We offer play and learn groups, workshops, parenting classes, developmental screenings, an emergency childcare fund, community events and links to local childcare providers: anything we can do to create a strong foundation for our children, our families, our providers, our community. All classes are FREE
Below is the Fall Playgroup Schedule. If you wish to register visit their webiste: http://www.thecoalitionforchildren.org/fall-2014-schedule.html
The Coalition for Children Presents
The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Pre-Thanksgiving Pie & Bake Sale*
$2.00/ticket * $10.00 family max
Saturday, November 23th, 2013
Mullen Hall School
130 Katherine Lee Bates Road
9:00 Doors Open
9:30 Toe Jam Performs!
Call 508 548 0151 x 172
For tickets or more information
*all proceeds support the Coalition for Children programming
All groups are drop-in, so gather your friends and family and come join us!
Thanks to Tina Toran and the amazing crew at The Coalition for Children for their hard work and dedication!
July 8 – August 12
Monday – Mashpee Public Library
10:15 - Toddle Time w/Miss Rosemary (15 – 24 months)
11:15 – Lap Babies w/Miss Rosemary (birth – 15 months)
July 9 – August 13
Tuesday – Falmouth Service Center (this groups starts indoors and then participants go right into the community garden to explore!)
9:00– 10:00 Nature Calls w/Carolyn (3 – 6 years)
June 5, 12, 19, July 3, 10, 17
Wednesday – Sandwich Public Library
9:30 - Lap Babies w/Kathy Gattoni (birth – 15 months)
July10 – August 14
Wednesday – Sandwich Public Library
9:30 - Music, Crafts, and Song (ages 2 and up) w/ Martina Mehl
July 11 – August 8
Thursday – Jonathan Bourne Public Library
9:30 – 10:30 - Storytime Playgroup w/Kathy Gattoni (mixed age)
July 11 – August 15
Thursday – Monument Beach Playground
11:00 – 12:30 Playtime at the Playground w/Melissa Romano (all ages welcome!)
Stories, games, free play and you can bring your lunch!)
Norina’s Toddler Spectaculars!
June 27 (Thursday) Falmouth Public Library
10:30 am - Wiggles and Waggles! Songs, Stories, Movement, Music, and More. Best for ages 1 – 3
July 25 (Thursday) Falmouth Public Library
10:30 am - Jiggles and Giggles! Songs, Stories, Movement, Music, and More.
Best for ages 1 – 3
August 29 (Thursday) Falmouth Public Library
10:30 am – Fun with Puppets! Songs, poems, and stories told with puppet friends.
Special program for tots!
The Parent Connection Series Sponsored by The Falmouth Public Schools & The Coalition for Children invites you to join them for:
Spring Family Fun Night
on Wednesday March 20, 2013!!!
Afternoon Parent Chat
with Carol DiFalco MS, LMHC
A drop in parenting group (parents with children 1 - 5 years)
Talk about various topics in a comfortable environment. Share your thoughts, advice and stories with other parents chatting freely (complimentary childcare offered)!
Begins March 22nd and goes for 10 weeks following the school calendar-so no Chat on April 19th, 2012.
Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
300 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
*Childcare is provided if you call by Monday of each week. Call and check to see if spots have opened if later in week.
More information @ (508)
548 0151 x 172.
Do you have children who fight with each other and have sibling rivalry? The Coalition for Children is having Jeanine Fitzgerald to discuss tips for parents on how to deal with this topic! Check it out!
The Coalition for Children is hosting some pretty exciting activities over the next f
1) Wednesday night, January 11, we're having a pampering night. It's a night of yoga, meditation, and nukkles massage. It might be too late to share with your mommies - do you think? - but it might not be too late for you. East Falmouth School, 33 Davisville Rd. East Falmouth, MA. 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Call 508 - 548 0151 x 175 to register.
2) This weekend, Saturday January 14th, at the Falmouth Public Library, 10:30 am - noon, is IT'S COLD, IT'S FUN... IT'S PENGUINS! It's a free, fun, family activity perfect for you and your little guy;-) 10:30 - noon. Drop in and everyone is
3) Saturday, February 4th, at the Falmouth High School, we are going to host CELEBRATING OUR CHILDREN - a morning for parents and providers. The workshop is RAISING STRONG AND HEALTHY BOYS AND GIRLS and the presenters are
FABULOUS. (Cindy Horgan and Sherianna Bolyle) This one we are charging for - $10.00 per adults; however, we have a scholarship fund because we want everyone to be able to come. The $10.00 covers a continental breakfast, family, friendly vendors, and the workshop. To register call (508) 548 0151 x 172.
Sign up for the Amazing Lee Burwell: Effective Postive Parenting Class-free dinner and free childcare!
The Coalition for Children is offering a free class with Lee Burwell on Effective Positive Parenting. The class begins mid January and continues through the spring. Every class, you will be given dinner and complimentary childcare for the duration of the class. If you have never taken any of Lee's "Bringing Baby Home Classes" or Parenting Classes through CCHC, you are missing some great info. We all like to think we know it all and that we don't need help, but the truth is, WE DO! Lee is a phenomenol instructor and is a LICSW and is
Holiday Nutrition for Kids Workshop: Join Kimberly Concra, LDN, nutrition educator with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension for food discussion including pyramids and portion size, hands-on “make it with your kids” holiday treats and lots of time for your nutritional questions and answers. Fun, informative and on the spot yummy!
December 14, 2011
East Falmouth School, 33 Davisville Road
... To register: Tell them Cape Cod Mommies referred you!
Phone: 508-548-1052 ext 311
This program is sponsored by Parent Connection Series: a partnership with the Coalition forChildren and the Falmouth Public Schools
Dear Cape Cod Mommies,
I’d love to invite you to the Coalition for Children’s annual Pre-Thanksgiving Pie Auction, Bake Sale & Toe Jam Puppet Band
Concert. This year’s auction will be on Saturday, November 19th, at the Oak Ridge School in Sandwich. The doors open at 9:00 am, so come on in, get a good Toe Jam watching seat, and then peruse the Live and Silent Auction tables. Make sure you get a program and a pencil so you can write down the numbers of the pies and goodies you want to bid on. By now, you might be getting hungry, so stop and get a snack at the Bake Sale table. The Toe Jam concert begins at 9:30. If you haven’t seen them before then you HAVE TO COME! They are entertaining (and a little crazy!) and the kids just love them. Our live auction begins at 10:30 am while the adults are bidding, there will be craft tables, a face painter, and an indoor (safe) obstacle course for the kids. This event is free to all families, and there will be a donation jar for those who like to contribute.
If, while reading this, you are saying to yourself, “Wait: I am a fabulous baker, and I’d really like to help support this community program,” please call Tina @ (508) 548 0151 x 172!
So if you have the morning of November 19th free, please join the Coalition for Children at the Oak Ridge School in Sandwich for some pie fun: we’ll dance, we’ll play, we’ll bid, and we'll celebrate this season of Thanksgiving!
The Coalition for Children is a non-profit, Parenting Support and Education program serving families in Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Bourne. We offer Play and Learn groups, parenting classes, literacy
programs, workshops, and we also host local community events. All our programs are free and available to anyone raising children on the Upper Cape: last year we served over 1,100 local families!
"I meet my best friends in playgroup, and my kids are now 13 and 16."
"If it wasn't for your Lap Babies group, I would still be in my pajamas. Thank you for getting me out of the house!"
"I moved to the Cape and didn't know a soul. After attending your playgroup with my daughter, I made friends and so did she."
"Thank you making me, and my wiggley child, feel so welcome in Music and Movement. This group is perfect for us!"
Real quotes from real moms: if you close your eyes, you can almost here the relief in all of their voices. All of our groups are free and open to anyone with children birth to school age.
We're the Coalition for Children and we are looking for you! Registrations are available at your local library (Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne, and Sandwich), or by calling (508) 548 0151 x 172. Once you register, follow up phone calls will go out by the first week in September and groups start the week of September 12th. Drop in groups will start at the same time, and there is no registration necessary for drop ins. Don't be left out. Call today!
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