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FALL in love with this season!

FALL in love with this season!

School is in session but the fun doesn’t have to end! It’s an exciting time as the weather starts to chill, the leaves are starting to change and the holidays are fast approaching. If you are looking for some in season activities for you and the family, you have come to the right place!

Sticks, Stones, and Words

Sticks, Stones, and Words

We have all heard the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words” In this instance, it’s the words that have all resounding power. IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, conducted a live Anti-Bullying experiment called Bully A Plant, that recorded the growth patterns of two identical plants, with very unique methods of care. This 30-day study was set to model the negative effects of verbal bullying for students and staff. While this experiment only involved plants, it speaks volumes to the power of our words and how we communicate with others.

New school year – You got this!

New school year – You got this!

August, it’s your favorite time of the year, parents! Your kids are dreading school but secretly you can’t wait. Despite the excitement, the first week of school can be nerve-wracking. Whether your child is starting at a new school— transitioning to kindergarten from preschool or from elementary to middle school—they may feel anxious about all the newness. PBS has great tips to help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Pet Meets Baby - Tips For That First Introduction

Pet Meets Baby - Tips For That First Introduction

Your furry baby is getting a sibling! You’re pregnant, and naturally you are wondering how your four-legged friend will deal with this new addition to the family. A little bit of planning can go a long way. WebMD for pets offers a few simple solutions to get your furry baby ready for your baby baby.

Fun You Can Eat!

Fun You Can Eat!

Do you have teething tots who just can’t resist putting everything into their mouths? These fun edible activities may be just right for you!

1. Edible Finger Paint

Pour 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of flour into a pan. Gradually add 3 cups of boiling water to the mix. Stir over heat until it boils. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Then divide the mixture into bowls and add food coloring. Store in airtight container until you are ready to use. It’s not as thick as Jell-O but not as thin as water. Great for finger painting activities.

Give Your Child a Head Start - Apply Now!

Give Your Child a Head Start - Apply Now!

Open Enrollment for Head Start’s 2018-2019 school year is available! You, or someone you know, may be eligible to register for Head Start. Head Start is a fun filled, fundamentally sound program that provides a comprehensive preschool environment for all learners.

Postpartum Depression, A Battle You Can Win!

Postpartum Depression, A Battle You Can Win!

 Postpartum Depression (PPD) can affect any woman—women with easy pregnancies or problematic pregnancies, first-time mothers and mothers with one or more children, women who are married and women who are not. PPD affects all mothers regardless of income, age, race or ethnicity, culture or education. It is an uphill battle, but it can be won.

Learn How to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Learn How to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for those warm days than a nice scoop of homemade ice cream! This is a great, mess free activity for you and the kids.

Car Seat Safety Tips & Videos

Car Seat Safety Tips & Videos

This past January, a study published in Health Affairs compared child mortality rates in 20 wealthy, autonomous countries since 1960. It revealed that over the last fifty years, the rate of childhood death decreased in all nations except the United States. Part of the problem is the mortality rate of children involved in car accidents. Sadly enough, these incidents are quite preventable. Last year, NPR reported that 43% of children who died from car crashes were improperly restrained.

CCRC Builds Communities, One Bookshelf At A Time

CCRC Builds Communities, One Bookshelf At A Time

On Saturday June 9th , 2018, CCRC hosted a community volunteer day and book drive in the San Fernando Valley. Community volunteer day is a great way to engage the community, and show our service area how we continue to work for them. Thanks to our 35 volunteers and a handful of staff members, we were able to build bookshelves, sort books, and wrap gifts that will be distributed during the holidays.

Free Activities Every Tuesday!

Free Activities Every Tuesday!

Schools out and the kids are free. Unfortunately parents, summer break does not apply for you. CCRC understands that the beautiful and sunny months, often leave parents at a lost on affordable activities to provide for their children. Worry not, we have just the thing for you!

Say Goodbye to Boring Bath Time!

Say Goodbye to Boring Bath Time!

Are your kids dreading bath time because they know sleep will soon follow? It happens, especially when you have your children on a routine. Getting your kids in the tub can sometimes be a fight, but fight no more! We have five fun bath time activities to get your precious tots excited about getting clean.

We Danced, We Played, and We Had Fun!

We Danced, We Played, and We Had Fun!

On Saturday May 19, 2018 at Woodley Park, we hosted our 22nd Annual Annabelle Godwin Play Day (AGPD). AGPD is one of our biggest events we host all year. Thanks to charitable sponsors including Maxine Paul, enthusiastic volunteers and dedicated staff, CCRC was able to support healthy living, early education, and well-being for 5,000 local families.

With every resource and service CCRC offers, we promote literacy and healthy eating. As part of our What A Difference A Book makes initiative, we distributed over 6,000 books. Due to generous donations throughout the year, every child in attendance walked away with at least one free, age appropriate book. Additionally, every family in attendance received a free bag of fresh produce. This year we are proud to announce that over 10,000 pieces of fruits and vegetables were given out.

Talking to Kids About Traumatic Events With Tips and Videos

Talking to Kids About Traumatic Events With Tips and Videos

With violence so often in the news, many parents struggle with talking to their children about traumatic incidents and signs of malice in the world. Knowing that something has happened, but not having anybody explain things, is a really scary thing to feel for any of us and can be quite traumatic for little ones. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) defines trauma as “the physical and emotional responses of a child to events that threaten the life or physical or emotional wellness of the child, or of someone critically important to the child such as parent or sibling."

A Century of Care! Celebrating Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

A Century of Care! Celebrating Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world's most respected experts on infant care, unfortunately passed three days after he celebrated his 100th birthday. We would like to take some time to acknowledge and celebrate the revolutionary impact Dr. Brazelton has made on the world. His work to understand the cognitive, physical and emotional development of children has transformed the way the world views children, natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and countless vital practices we use with children on a daily basis, and in doing so he drastically changed the way parents, caregivers, and professionals have cared and understood infants and toddlers.

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