Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
What is Kaleidoscope Play & Learn?
Kaleidoscope Play and Learn is an organized play group for young children and the people who take care of them – their grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members and family friends. Each group has a facilitator that plans and sets up activities for the children and their caregivers to play together. Facilitators help caregivers learn more about child development, how children learn through play and what caregivers can do at home to help the children in their care grow and learn.
Why is Kaleidoscope Play & Learn important
We know that the early years of life are crucial in setting the stage for later success in school and life. Children are born learning and it’s important for the people who take care of children to know that. It’s also important for them to know how they can support children’s learning and healthy development and what they’re doing has a life-long impact on the child. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is an effective way to help caregivers learn more about child development, how children learn and what they can do at home to help the children in their care to grow and learn.
Our evaluation shows that the majority of caregivers not only learn what they can do, but they also report that they are doing more things at home to support early learning (e.g., reading books more often, teaching children to count, participating in other early learning activities).
Through Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, caregivers learn that they do not need fancy toys or equipment or degrees in child development to make a positive difference. They can help children learn by supporting them, talking with them and providing them with time and attention and things at home that they can explore and play with.
Developmental Screening Program
Developmental Screening Program uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) to engage families in a meaningful and culturally respectful way in their child’s development around the South King County area.
Ages & Stages Developmental Screening Program: This program uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3), a simple to track and monitor the communication, gross-motor, fine motor, problem-solving and social-personal skills of children birth to age 5.
Developmental screening is an effective and efficient way to help parents identify their child’s milestone and celebrate those milestones and supports school readiness.
Every family looks forward to seeing a child’s first smile, first step, and first words. Regular screenings with the support of early childhood providers help raise awareness of a child’s development, making it easier to expect and celebrate developmental milestones.
• Promote universal screening. All of our children need support in the early years to make sure they stay healthy and happy. Developmental and behavioral screenings assure that children are making developmental progress, in areas such as language, social, or motor development.
• Identify possible delays and concerns early. Screenings can help kids succeed in and beyond their school years. With regular screenings, families, teachers, and other professionals can assure that young children get the services and supports they need, as early as possible to help them thrive alongside their peers.
• Enhance developmental supports. Families are children’s first and most important teachers. Combining the love and knowledge families have of their children with tools, guidance, and tips recommended by experts, can help optimize the developmental support children receive.
Parent leaders can be a key support for other parents in sharing their knowledge, expertise and experience as these parents navigate the systems themselves. Our parent leadership board brings African and African- American parent together to build collective power and strengthen partnerships and community between African parents, African American parents and their school community. Parents meet to identify community need, discuss issues affecting the children in their community and identify opportunities to narrow the opportunity and school readiness gaps in their community.
We create an environment where the youth in our community voices can be heard on issues that matters the most to them. Creating an environment for discussions around the cultural disconnect that so evidently exist between the immigrant youth and their parents as both parties learn to thrive and adapt in their new culture.
Let's Make A Change
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302 W. Harrison St. Suite #101
Kent, WA 98032
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Tel: (206) 504-9560