Sprout Family Sevices

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is April 20-27th and is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment--at home, at child care, at school and in the community--that will promote their early learning.

SPROUT Week of the Young Child Celebrations

Tuesday April 22nd

"Block Fest!" Playgroup and Imagination Library Enrollment

Time: 10-11am: 1 year olds; 11am-12pm: 2-3 year olds; 2-3pm: non walking children


A block extravaganza will be experienced at Sprout Playgroup! With 5 different block stations set up to encourage creative play, fine motor development and the power of team building with toddlers. FREE admission this week!

Thursday April 24th

"Sprout Olympics" in Anchor Point

Time: 9:25am-10:25am

@ Chapman School gym (please sign in at the front)

Join us at our Anchor Point Playgroup for our special event, Sprout Olympics! Set in stations, we will introduce swim strokes in our ball pit, hockey shots, tumbling and balance. A dance station in hopes that dance could be an Olympic event one day. Woohoo! Free admission this week!

Saturday April 26th

Imagination Library Storyhour

TIme: 11am-12pm

@ Boss Hoggz (next to Petro)

Join us for stories , crafts and activities at the restaurant! Free!

Sunday April 27th

Little Boppers Dance

Time: 10:30am-11:15am (0-5yrs)

@Off the Wall Studio

Get moving and have fun exploring a variety of dance and music with little ones and their grown-ups. Free!

Sunday April 27th

Story Tracks

Time: 2-4pm

@Wynn Nature Center

Come follow the story boards and read your way around the nature center then warm up around the bonfire, find animal tracks and play outdoors! Free community event!

Jill Lush and her new friend Dr. Barry Brazelton

Sprout Executive Director, Jill Lush, just returned from her graduation at the University of Massachusetts Boston Parent Infant Mental Health Certificate Program in Napa, California. Jill had an opportunity to receive training from many leading professionals in child development and infant mental health along with one of her favorites, Dr. Barry Brazelton. Way to go!

Let's Play

New Parenting App - Let’s Play! is a free parenting app from ZERO TO THREE with fun activities, organized by age and routine, for parents to use to support their young child’s early learning - Download from iTunes or Google Play Store

We Green Dot!

Sprout staff participated in Green Dot Training. At Sprout we are doing our part to prevent violence of all kinds. A green dot is simply an in individual choice we can make at any given moment to make our community safer.

To learn more about green dot please visit www.greendothomer.org

Interactive Book Bags

Introducing the new interactive book bags that were made possible through the efforts of Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center and a grant from Best Beginnings Homer. In partnership with Sprouts' Lending Library, they are now available to check out to families at Sprout! There are various topical bags including friendship, feelings, bed time, animals and trucks! Each set is in a beautiful hand made bag that includes books and activites! Come by Sprout to check out a bag or visit our website to tour the online lending library www.sproutalaska.org

Congratulations to our Soical Work Intern Jackie Eisenburg

Not only did Jackie do her social work internship at Sprout last year and receive her Bachelors of Social Work degree, but she came back for a second year of internship and is graduating with a Masters of Social Work degree. We trluly appreciate Jackie's efforts, passion and dedication to early intervention in our community! Congratulations!

Construct, Create and Collaborate

The Anchor Point and Homer play groups teamed up in preparation for the upcoming Week of the Young Child and the Sprout Olympics. What was once a cardboard box was given new life with construction, creativity and collaboration! Will it be a taco stand, grocery store or a pet hospital? Come join us for the Sprout Olympics and see what it turns into this week!