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Reaching the Most Vulnerable

Formerly Incarcerated

Families with Fewer Resources Need Habitot

Young children, whose brains are developing rapidly, need stimulating experiences and parental engagement in order to arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.

After Hours Programs

Habitot’s after hours programs, "Parents and Children Together," was created to ensure the Museum truly serves the needs of the diverse community of Bay Area families raising young children. Helping all parents assume their role as their child’s first teacher can have a significant positive impact on their children’s school readiness.

Agency Partnerships

Formal partnerships with fourteen social service agencies and nonprofits help Habitot reach the most vulnerable young children and families. Free, exclusive visit times on weekday afternoons, when the Museum is otherwise closed to the public, have benefited over 8,000 at-risk parents and children over the last seven years.

The family engagement sessions are currently organized for teen parents, special needs children and their families, homeless families and recently released prisoners and their families. Sessions are supported, in part by generous grants from the Sam Mazza Foundation and the Lowell Berry Foundation

Teen Parents

Teen Parents
Currently partnering agencies include CalSafe - Hayward/Fruitvale and the Vera Casey Collaborative in Berkeley which bring pregnant and parenting teens to Habitot for play and bonding time with their children. Parenting support, as well as distributions of books, clothing and art supplies, help teens become more successful. Teen Times

Homeless Families

Currently partnering homeless shelters include the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center, and the "Winter Nights" program of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Families enjoy exclusive time at Habitot to reconnect and play with their children.
At Home at Habitot

Children with Special Needs

Specail Need
Habitot partners with many agencies serving children with special needs and their families to give these children time and space to acclimate to the Museum, and receive adaptive support in using the exhibits. Habitot hosts quarterly playdates - including special holiday celebrations for Halloween, Valentine's Day and in December for families with children with special needs. The playdates are FREE with registration.Special Times for Special Families

Formerly Incarcerated

Habitot is partnering with Centerforce, a California-based incarcerated support nonprofit, on a family reintegration project for recently released mothers and their children. Together Again

Child Welfare Families

DCFS Logo In 2013, Habitot received funding from First 5 Alameda County to build an on-going partnership with Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services to serve families in the child welfare system with children under 5. Specifically, a 2013-2015 grant will support free Museum access and support programs for families working towards reunification, foster care families, children who have been adopted by foster care families, families on maintenance, and families who have successfully reunified. More info

Thanks to Our Sponsors

First 5 Alameda CountySam MazzaLowell Berry Foundation Logo  
Trio Foundation

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