Family Time Play Group is fun time for children up to 5 years of age and their caregivers to participate together in playing, singing, arts and crafts, and story time. Play group leaders also facilitate sharing of resources and discussion of topics such as child development, preschool readiness, and building a community support network. You can also access a downloadable file about this program here: Family Time
Family Time is a free program of Connections for Children. Play groups meet weekly on Mondays (except during holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Virginia Avenue Park. Contact Shirley Perez for more information or if you would like to form another play group near you.
This program is an important component of Santa Monica’s Cradle to Career Initiative to support the healthy development of our young children. Playing, singing and reading are fun learning experiences that help ensure toddlers’ readiness for kindergarten — a key area in need of improvement highlighted in Santa Monica's Youth Wellbeing Report Card. Findings show that just one-third of kindergartners in Santa Monica are very ready for school, with boys generally less ready than girls. Family Time provides adults with strategies to prepare young children for kindergarten, a critical element in their future success as life-long learners.