Family Place Programs
PARENTS AS TEACHERS - FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a comprehensive early childhood program focused on fostering child development, parenting skills, and whole family well-being. Participating families receive monthly personal visits with age-appropriate activities for parents/caregivers and their children. Developmental screenings, group meetings and family events and included. More info here.
KALEID0SCOPE PLAY & LEARN GROUP
Weekly, drop-in playgroup for caregivers and children, ages birth to 5. Open play, facilitated activities such as songs, books, and art, and time for caregivers to connect. Free for everyone! Wednesdays from 10-11:30am. Click here for more info. No registration necessary! More info here.
PLAY'N'CHAT DISCUSSION GROUP
Join us for a weekly guided discussion group for parents on Thursday mornings from 10am -noon. Childcare is provided while you discuss your family’s needs and challenges with a group of supportive parents like you. Come every week, or stop in when you need some advice or support. Facilitated by Christine Wood.
Play'n'Chat is free for members. Guests pay $6-12, depending on income level. Childcare is included. Discounted punchards are available.
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
We feel that self-care is an essential part of good parenting. Take some time for yourself to have a night on the town or head home for a bath! We offer skilled childcare Friday nights from 4-8pm for children 30 months up to 8 years old. Kids can stay for all or part of the time. Lots of fun and age-appropriate educational activities included.
Childcare is $5-12 per hour, depending on self-reported income level, for your first child and half price for each additional child. Members and punchcard users receive a discount.
Registrations received 24 hours in advance are guaranteed a spot if the program runs. You may try to reserve space later and we will let you know if there is room. We reserve the right to cancel if there are less than 3 children enrolled. Register here.
Want to work out or have tea with a friend? Or just grocery shop by yourself?! We have drop-in childcare hours from 9:30am-12:30pm on Fridays for children 30 months and older. No need to make a reservation. Just come on in!
Childcare is $6-12 per hour, depending on income level, for your first child and half price for each additional child. Members and punchcard users receive a discount. Click here for prices.
PARENT EDUCATION CLASSES
Making Sense of Anxiety
This class is oriented toward parents, teachers, and helping professionals to make sense of anxiety in the children in their care. The class not only helps one understand anxiety and its purpose, it also has solutions for how to respond in the most helpful way. This is a 4-part series, March 27-April 23rd (no class April 9th). More info here.
Kids and Tech: Parenting Tips for the Digital Age
Join us for this two hour class and discussion about navigating both the potential benefit and harm of screen time for our kids. Class taught by Christine Wood. September 27th, 6-8pm at Family Place, $10-20 fee (no registration required). More details here.
Discipline That Doesn't Divide: Parenting Strategies to Promote Cooperation and Connection
Join us for this two hour class and discussion about what we can learn from the science of attachment and the implications for parenting. Class taught by Christine Wood. October 4th, 6-8pm at Family Place, $10-20 fee (no registration required). More details here.
Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like Them)
A 6-week book discussion group for parents facilitated by Christine Wood. Wednesdays from 6-8pm, October 11th-November 15th. Click here for details.
CHAUTAUQUA PARENT COFFEE HOUR
Chautauqua Coffee Hour is an opportunity for parents to get to know one another, learn and share parenting ideas, and get caffeinated! Most meetings will have a short parenting topic presented by the facilitator and parent educator, Christine Wood, as well as time for each person to check in and ask a parenting question if they choose to. Meetings are every Wednesday from 9:15-10:15 am in Room #330 (small district conference room) at Chautauqua Elementary School. This is an informal, drop-in group so come whenever it fits in your schedule.
Our playroom is open for Open Play from 10-4 on Monday/Tuesday, 1-4 on Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, and 10-1 on Saturday. Get out of the house, out of the rain, and find some friends to play with in our well equipped playroom. Stop by sometime! Your first visit is free.
Open Play is free for members. After your first free visit, guests pay $6-12 per visit depending on income level. Discounted punchcards also available.
VYFS provides free and regular developmental screenings to island children between 1 month and 5.5 years old to help ensure they thrive and reach their full potential. We use the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE developmental screening tools. These are screening tools and not diagnostic tools so children will not be diagnosed in any way. If any areas of concern show up in a screening, the VYFS staff member who administers the assessment will inform the parent/caregiver and give them appropriate tools, resources, or referrals. Please call the Family Place with questions or to schedule your child's screening. 206-463-5502