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Book Drive at Family Day

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2016

PAMP is proud to partner with 10 Books a Home (10BH) for a BOOK DRIVE at Family Day this year. 10BH is an early education Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program located in East Palo Alto.


Please bring your donations of gently used or new books appropriate for preschool-aged children (3-5 years) to the Family Day event to support this great organization!

10 Books A Home gives 2 books per month directly to each child in the program. 10BH puts all book donations to work by giving AND READING them to children – the basics of school-readiness. Parents sit in on every lesson, so they too learn new ways to read with their children.

Learn more about 10BH:

Who is 10 Books A Home (10BH)

10 Books A Home (10BH), founded in 2009 in East Palo Alto, CA, is an early learning child-parent home tutoring nonprofit whose mission is to support high poverty families in nurturing their preschooler’s intrinsic learning motivations so they enter kindergarten positioned to be and remain above grade level.

What 10BH Does

Programming
10BH provides a year-round, 2-year child-parent home tutoring program (Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program). The program offers home tutoring and educational resources to high poverty families in exchange for parent participation. Preschool-aged children receive weekly lessons in their homes from the age of 3 for two years until they begin kindergarten. Volunteer Role Models use 10BH’s educational resources and staff support to provide the tutoring and tailor each lesson around the child’s unique learning motivations. Parents participate in every lesson and in between lessons use educational resources and staff support to complete weekly reading and homework with their children.

Program goals
The program’s goals are twofold: (1) encourage the child to fall in love with learning by nurturing their intrinsic learning motivations, and (2) support the family in transforming their home to continually support their child’s love of learning. The impact the program seeks to achieve is long range: every child served will begin kindergarten positioned to remain at or above grade level until high school completion. 10BH longitudinally tracks academic performance from K-12 to understand its impact.

Vision
10BH's vision is to serve 1.6 million high poverty preschoolers annually by 2035, which comprises the nation's poorest 20% of preschoolers. 10BH’s dream is to tip high poverty communities into reforming themselves by empowering large numbers of children and families in local communities to annually enter kindergarten positioned to be and remain above grade level.

Impact

In 2012, two East Palo Alto family friends had the opportunity to apply to 10BH. One applied and one did not. In 2016, both women’s children were in second grade – with one major difference. The former 10BH girl performed at the top of her class while the other girl struggled academically.

In 2016, the mother who didn’t apply signed up her youngest child for 10BH. In her registration appointment, she told the story above and added, “I’m not going to make the same mistake again.”


Keep up with 10BH's progress in the following ways:

  1. News Page  - Regularly published reports, blogs, newsletters, press releases, etc.

  2. Facebook - The daily going-ons of 10BH

  3. Youtube - Regular updating of new lesson videos, how to videos, learning activity demonstrations, etc.

  4. Other - Twitter, Linkedin



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Choosing Appropriate Kids’ Apparel for Sunny Days

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A bright, sunny day should never be wasted. In addition to the vitamin D goodness we get from being outdoors, Early Childhood News shares that outdoor play helps develop a child’s physical and social skills. But like any other weather element, the sun can inflict harm on our children -- so it’s important to make sure our kids are dressed in the right clothes that will allow them to run around without getting too warm, while also maintaining their wellbeing.

Finding that balance between breathable fabrics and protection from the sun can be tricky at times. To help you out, here are a few tips on picking the proper children’s clothing for the outdoors.

Choose fabrics with the best UV protection
There are certain fabrics that are evidently best suited for sweltering heat and humidity, but not everything is made equally in terms of protection against UV rays. While cotton, linen and silk are lightweight and highly absorbent, the tightness of the weave as well as the color of the material also play integral roles in blocking UV rays according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Because of the climate, the three fabrics mentioned still work best for the sun in terms of breathability. However, if you would like to test the level of protection of the clothes, simply hold up each garment at the sun and see if the rays penetrate the fabric. If they do, it’s best to pick out another shirt for your kid.

Make sun safety fun with colorful accessories
The key to making a potential health concern fun is by incorporating exciting elements to it. In this case, stylish and vibrant accessories that Tootsa blogger Lisa Dwyer Hogg lists, including hexagon sunnies and ice cream ponchos, will encourage children to protect themselves when they step out in the sun. Putting on hats, shades and sprays can be annoying, and the reason for their use may never be fully understood by kids -- but if accessories can make your child look and feel cool, you’re all set!

Shoes can make all the difference!
Warm weather may have kids wanting to wear sandals, flip flops or even go barefoot to run around in the grass or on a sandy beach. Unless you’re heading out to the beach, pool or just going on a casual stroll, the previously listed footwear are not the best choices despite the demands of the climate. Sandals and flip flops will put your children at risk for splinters, stubbed toes and even bee stings. And for any child that is just learning how to walk, WebMD says that closed toe shoes are still your best bet.


According to J is a mother of two young boys who love to play outdoors, so she is an expert on dressing them for maximum safety and fun. Other than family hikes, she loves DIY projects, trying out new recipes and reading. Watch out for her own blog soon!


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Family Day is for Everyone!

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2016

PAMP's largest event of the year is fast approaching. Come join us for Family Day on Saturday, July 30th from 10am-1pm at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

"We love Family Day and always have a great time. My kids especially love the pony rides and petting zoo," said Sarah. "They also like to help mommy at the PAMP board table sometimes."

This year we're excited to offer an expanded selection for lunch, including hamburgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers in addition to the staple sausages, hot dogs and a variety of yummy salads.

We've also expanded our entertainment this year as well. We'll have a magic show, story time with a fairy princess and live music from PAMP favorite The Hipwaders. 
There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, bubbles and more! 


"Family Day is a great way to meet members you don't know, have a fun filled day with the family and also meet the faces behind the scenes of PAMP," said Sarah. What more could you ask for?!

We're always looking for volunteers, too. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends and get to know PAMP families. Not sure what you can do while wearing your little one or chasing your toddler around? Just ask us!     

Bring a friend and join the festivities. It's definitely a day not to miss!

For complete information, look here.      

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Vacationing Choices For Special Needs Kids

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Finding the best recreational spots or vacation destinations for a family is a daunting task at best. But when it comes to those who have children with special needs, this is especially challenging. In a state like California, we’re already home to many popular and practical vacation venues, everything from Disneyland to San Francisco.


Parents of special needs kids do have options when it comes to traditional venues, as there are some destinations that are more accessible for those with physical limitations when compared to others. Take the “happiest place on earth” for example. While Walt and his descendants have done their part to ensure their amusement park is physically friendly, there are other venues like Legoland that take it a little bit further in accommodating those with special needs.

Listed in Legoland’s downloadable handicap access guide, they indicate the majority of their attractions are completely accessible by wheelchair. They also point out that others can still be enjoyed with transfer and give the best point of reference for the switch. All the restrooms in the park are equipped with at least two handicapped stalls. Every shopping venue, restaurant and all their dining establishments are easily accessible and wheelchair friendly.

Spectacular South Bay Spots
While Southern California is well known for their many theme parks and beautiful beaches, Northern California -- especially closer to Menlo Park and Palo Alto -- also has much to offer. Check out some of these lesser-known waterways and beach locations that cater more towards those with special needs and other physical challenges.

Hitting The Waterways
A summer holiday often dreams up venues of lakes, oceans and the beach, but for those confined to a wheelchair or with other physical restrictions, these beautiful, scenic spots can be a real nightmare. A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide To The California Coast highlights some better choices to enjoy waterways in Santa Clara County:


Nearby San Mateo County is home to some really spectacular beaches, but many of them come equipped with treacherous trails and dangerous access routes. However, these options may work beautifully: 


Even though it’s not mentioned in The Wheelchair Rider’s Guide, another spot in San Mateo County is definitely worth a look. About fifteen minutes south of Half Moon Bay on scenic Highway 1 is
San Gregorio State Beach. Well known by the locals as a tranquil area that’s littered with driftwood and seashells, there is a smooth, gradual pathway down to the beach.

Beyond The Boardwalk

Practically everyone in the Bay Area is already familiar with the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and while they have plenty of information and assistance available for those with special needs, what about other nearby waterways?


The folks at Hilltromper Santa Cruz compiled a list of their favorite spots that are surprisingly accessible, including the rental of a beach wheelchair that can have those who are otherwise bound to a chair able able to cruise the dunes and approach the surf. Enjoying a fun-filled day at the beach really is possible for everyone!

 

Naomi Shaw lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids. She is a free-lance journalist and stay at home mom that enjoys writing on fashion, beauty, jewelry and parenting.


 

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What are Your Birth Preferences?

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Updated: Sunday, July 3, 2016

Having a baby is often an exciting time for new moms, yet it can also raise questions and concerns. Not all pregnancies are the same, even when you have had previous children. Some questions you may ask are: What choices do we have for our birthing experience? Do birth plans really work? Will my medical caregiver have the time and interest in honoring my preferences for my childbirth experience? There is a great deal of information available through childbirth classes, new mom groups and parents clubs, the internet and word of mouth. But where do you start?


Choosing a practitioner best suited to your personal and medical needs is usually the first step. Defining your wishes for your pregnancy, and developing a birth plan, is also an important part of the process. Birth plans can help create a more positive experience, but those plans can also be dismissed if your delivery has an unexpected twist. Sharing your preferences ahead of time with your care provider is critical to gaining a commitment to honoring them.


In addition to choosing a doctor or midwife to help you through this exciting time, another important choice to make is where you want to deliver your baby. We are very fortunate in the Bay Area to have great tertiary centers for high-risk mothers and babies. These hospitals offer the advanced medical care needed when more medical interventions are necessary. For non-high-risk pregnancies, there are hospitals and birth centers that provide a low intervention, patient-driven, family centered labor and delivery experience. Choose a facility where the nursing team is your partner. Consider cesarean section rates, breastfeeding rates and safety measures. Look up reviews online and talk to others about their experiences.


Choice of activities during labor are another thing to consider for your birthing experience. Some families prefer to walk the hallways while others prefer to rest in the shower or jacuzzi. Others may prefer rocking in a chair or even bouncing on a birth ball. These are just a few of the activities encouraged by trained labor and delivery personnel promoting natural childbirth.


Another consideration is breastfeeding. More and more hospitals across the nation are achieving Baby Friendly designation. This certification is given by the World Health Organization to hospitals that agree to policies and offer training to doctors, midwives, nurses and lactation consultants to promote breastfeeding.


Take the time to ask yourself and your partner these important questions. Do the research and ask your friends and loved ones. Find the right doctor or midwife and birth center for your optimal birth experience. It’s a life changing event -- and it’s your event.


Maria Greulich, RN, CNM has worked closely with OB/GYNs, perinatologists and pediatricians throughout her career and currently practices at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos. Coming from a large family and birthing her own five kids, she values working with family’s needs and wants during the birth experience.





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Family Day is This Month!

Posted By Communications Manager, Sunday, July 3, 2016

PAMP's largest event of the year is fast approaching. Family Day will take place on Saturday, July 30th from 10am-1pm at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

This year we're excited to offer an expanded selection for lunch, including hamburgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers in addition to the staple sausages, hot dogs and a variety of yummy salads.

We've also expanded our entertainment this year as well. We'll have a magic show, story time with a fairy princess and live music from PAMP favorite The Hipwaders
There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, bubbles and more! 

Family Day is a great way to meet other PAMP members, and there's lots to do for the whole family!


We're always looking for volunteers, too. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends and get to know PAMP families. Not sure what you can do while wearing your little one or chasing your toddler around? Just 
ask us!     

Bring a friend and join the festivities. It's definitely a day not to miss!

For complete information, look here.      


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Thanks for a Great Jump into Summer!

Posted By Communications Manager, Sunday, July 3, 2016

Thanks for coming out to PAMP's Jump into Summer last week. It was so much fun, we're looking forward to more Jump events! 

"What a blast to watch all the young kids exploring each of the bounce houses!" said Heather.

This is great fun for the whole family, so be sure to come out next time! There's nothing better than seeing your kids smiling and having fun -- and going home super tired, too.

Stay tuned for all of PAMP's upcoming events and join in the adventure.

 

 

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Welcome New PAMP Board!

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Updated: Friday, June 24, 2016

PAMP has a new Board of Directors! We’d like to welcome the new crew and say thank you to the outgoing crew. The PAMP Board of Directors finds the sweet spot between "parent" and "professional" -- putting their talents to work behind the scenes for the organization while building a strong home life for their families.

The Board of Directors looks for meaningful ways to fulfill the PAMP mission, which is: Enriching the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

In 2015, PAMP’s Board spent significant time evaluating program offerings and resources to ensure they were consistent with the mission statement. The Board identified certain key goals, including improving PAMP’s online platform and online presence. Our biggest effort and goal in 2015 was preparing for the new online platform. Now that it is launched, we continue to look forward to engaging with you, our members, and further driving both online and in-person connections.

The Board also looked into optimizing event offerings and enhancing new and existing member connections. With this in mind, PAMP is continuing to build on the success of our Farm Day events with more unique events such as bounce house events, Mother’s Day Tea and Member Connection events where PAMP members can get together for food and fun and entertainment for the kids. Two of those recent events were the Jump into Summer (with bounce houses galore!) and the Movie & Pizza Night. And of course, PAMP will continue to host our flagstone events like Family Day and the Preschool Fair.

"Our whole family loves PAMP. Through the years we have been members we have gotten to do some really fun activities and events,” says Co-President of the Board Sarah Sobel. “Family Day is one of our favorites because the kids love having a great picnic lunch with their friends while listening to the concert."

Keep in mind that PAMP relies on volunteers to do everything from article/review contributions to in-a-pinch meals to hosting events. Every Board of Directors position is volunteer -- but you don’t have to be on the board to help out! Many of our volunteers work from home with varied tasks -- from helping with design work to analyzing data to support with optimizing offerings.

“PAMP helps you create a village, which is what we all need when trying to navigate the ups and downs of parenting,” says PAMP member Jacquie.

We know that being a parent can be an all-consuming activity, and we appreciate all that our volunteers do for us. We believe that our members get much more out of their membership through volunteering, both from the satisfaction of having helped and from the connections and friendships formed through volunteering.

Once again, welcome to the new Board:

Sarah Sobel, Co-President

Maya Herstein, Co-President

Marissa Song, Secretary

Lisa Raghav, Treasurer

Alix Pora, Board Director - Engagement

Shirley Shtiegman, Board Director – Legal

Heather Gaillard, Board Director - Marketing & Communications

Alice Chao, Board Director, Membership

Jaimi Haydel, Board Director, Events

Jennifer Wang, Board Director, Member at Large


We hope that all of our members, new and old, take advantage of all PAMP has to offer.


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Join the Fun with PAMP Playdates!

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Updated: Friday, June 24, 2016

PAMP Playdates include In-Home Playdates, Family Playtime in the Park, Blanket Babies, Crawlers and Toddler Time. There’s something for everyone, including drop-in gatherings as well as ones that require RSVPs. Try out both the at-home playdates as well as the ones outdoors to see which ones you (and your children) like best.

Family Playdates are a great way to get out, meet other families and help the kids burn off some energy. If it’s easier for you to have people come to your place rather than get out to meet others, consider hosting an in-home playdate!


“I was shy about showing up to playdates at first, but everyone was so welcoming that I quickly got over my shyness,” says volunteer Jessica. “I've been thrilled with how supportive and understanding everyone I've met at playdates has been.”

It's not only a great opportunity for parents and kids to socialize, but it’s also helpful to learn from parents with older children.  

During the last playdate I was able to ask a mom with an older child questions about how she navigated issues such as sleep schedules, weaning and preschools,” Jessica said. “It was really helpful!”

Playdates can also expose your little one to new things. Jessica’s baby is four months old, and she usually doesn’t care for tummy time. When my daughter was doing tummy time with several other babies at a playdate, she was so interested in the other babies that she did tummy time for a good 15 minutes (usually she does it for 5 minutes before protesting)!” she said.


Find out more about all of the PAMP Playdates here. If you have any questions, please let us know.

 

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Family Day - Save the Date!

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mark your calendars for the upcoming PAMP Family Day! It's happening on Saturday July 30th from 10am-1pm at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

Family Day is one of our biggest events of the year hosted just for PAMP members. It is a fun-filled day for PAMP families to mingle with other PAMP families, and enjoy food and fun activities. We’ll have live music, a petting zoo and pony rides, a catered lunch, costumed characters, bubbles, and more! 


We're always looking for volunteers, too. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends and get to know PAMP families. Not sure what you can do while wearing your little one or chasing your toddler around? Just ask us!     

Bring a friend and join the festivities. It's definitely a day not to miss!

For complete information, look here.      

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