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ANNOUNCEMENTS + UPCOMING EVENTS

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Our Spring 2021 semester

begins the first week of February!

 

We have 3 seperate playgroups that meet once per week:

  • Wednesdays 9:15 - 11:15 AM

  • Thursdays 9:15 to 11:15 AM

  • Thursdays 3:15 to 5:15 PM

 

Due to Covid, we will not be having our usual open house event so we can keep our gatherings small. If you would like to come and visit for a free-trial email registrar@walthamplaygroup.org and let us know which playgroup day you would like to attend! You are also welcome to decide to register without a free-trial day beforehand. 

 

Hurry! Each group will be capped at 12 kids.  To receive the first craft kit that includes the first 4 weeks of crafts, you need to register by or before 1/25.
 

A little bit about our modified program:

This semester, as last semester, we are going to do I to I: Outdoor Edition. We will still have themes and circle time, but we will be meeting up at a local playground instead. Crafts will be take-home kits, and snacks are brought from home.

We will follow the Covid-19 guidelines of kids over 2 and adults - wearing face masks covering mouths and noses, and physical distancing.

Due to our modified program, membership dues have been reduced from the usual cost to $25 per child and $5 for each additional child. Membership dues help to cover our insurance, the rent we pay to the Church for our storage space, and materials for crafts.

We really hope that we will be able to return to our usual indoor program in the Fall with the vaccines coming out this spring. We will re-evaluate during the summer based on what is happening in the world in general and Waltham in particular :)

Let us know if you are interested or have any questions!  


 

Come Join The Fun!

The #1 reason our members say they love Infancy to Independence: 

"It's More than just a playgroup. It's a community"

We provide parents and children with a place to gather and play, building a community of friends. We are all learning how to be parents as our children grow, and I to I is a place to exchange information, share struggles, and explore alternatives in parenting. We simply strive to become more effective parents who rear emotionally healthy children with high self-esteem. There is no one method of child rearing that is right for everyone, so we are here to learn from and support each other.

I to I’s environment is rich in interesting activities and challenges for our children. It is a place where our children spend time with children of different ages. It is a place where they can relate to other friendly, caring adults as helpful teachers, and experience brief separation from parents in a safe environment.

Our program provides many benefits for both parents and children.

Parents have the opportunity to:
 

  • Learn more about child development and parenting techniques

  • Learn tips and ideas to handle situations more effectively with their children

  • Meet new friends and gain support with a network of other parents with whom to share similar joys and concerns

  • Spend quality time with their children

  • Enjoy discussion time with other parents and practice gentle separation from their children

  • Learn ways to develop more confidence in their parenting abilities, helping them enjoy the challenge more
     

Children have the opportunity to:
 

  • Play with and learn from other children in both group and individual activities

  • Acquire skills through use of various creative and educational materials

  • Prepare for school by learning social skills necessary for dealing with other children in organized and free activities

  • Develop a positive image of grown-ups after relating to adults who are consistently warm, friendly, and understanding
     

Parents own and run the program completely; there are no paid staff. I to I is non-sectarian, Deaf/HoH accessible, and open to all families.