Family Resource Center playgroup begins the year with an open house
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
The Enfield and Hazardville Family Resource Centers have opened their doors for another year of playgroup. On Sept. 10, Hazardville Memorial School and Enfield Street School welcomed moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers and their children for an hour-long playgroup and registration session.
“I can't say enough great things about this program,” said Jennifer Howell. “It's great that it's free and they keep the classrooms small. Other groups I have been to have been very large, which is kind of overwhelming for their age.”
As children come into playgroup, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy free-play, where they can choose to build with Legos and building blocks, color, play pretend house or grocery store clerk, read and more. After free-time, Enfield coordinator Amy Morales said the kids sit down for snack and Heidi Maderia, the parent educator, reads a story.
“It gets them used to being in a routine, learning how to sit and have snack at the table and learning how to sit for story and follow directions,” said Morales. “It really helps them with those pre-pre-school skills.”
One benefit for parents, Morales said, is it gives them an opportunity to meet other parents and talk with them about similar issues and concerns they may be having. She also said the resource center does offer developmental information and screening for children, if necessary.
This year the Family Resource Centers will offer the programs for ages 0 through 5 at each of their three locations; Enfield Street School, Hazardville Memorial School and Alcorn School, beginning this month and continuing through June.