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Early Childhood
Enrichment

All Summer Early Childhood Enrichment classes will be IN PERSON and the

AAPS COVID & Health Guidance

will be followed.

Online registration for Summer classes begins Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00AM.

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Fun at One

Mondays

10:00AM - 11:00AM

6/17/24 - 8/12/24

Ages: 12 - 23 months with an Adult. Welcome to the world of the one-year-old! We gather together each week to sing, play, and move with other families and same-age peers. Class begins with open-ended time for toddlers to play and explore while socializing and getting to know same-age peers and their adults. The train whistle signals the arrival in the station and the beginning of circle time. The group will have fun singing and dancing in addition to practicing important gross motor skills like walking backwards, marching, and jumping. Class ends with a read-aloud book and stickers. Instructor: Jennifer Neesem. 8 classes. No class 7/1. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Music Together - Mini Session 5:30PM

Mondays

5:30PM - 6:15PM

6/17/24 - 7/22/24

Ages: Birth - 5 years with an Adult. This is the original Music Together® class that encourages children and families to experience the joy of making music together. Child development researchers support the idea that all children are musical, learn best through play, and thrive in mixed-age groupings that foster natural, family-style learning. In our classes, children interact with peers of different ages at their own level in singing, moving, listening, observing, chanting, or exploring musical instruments. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones and older children learn by leading younger ones. Registered families receive the Harmonica Collection Songbook + access to download music. Instructor: Stephanie Urban. 5 classes. No class 7/1. 100% scholarship recipients pay $15.

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Music Together - Mini Session 6:30PM

Mondays

6:30PM - 7:15PM

6/17/24 - 7/22/24

Ages: Birth - 5 years with an Adult. This is the original Music Together® class that encourages children and families to experience the joy of making music together. Child development researchers support the idea that all children are musical, learn best through play, and thrive in mixed-age groupings that foster natural, family-style learning. In our classes, children interact with peers of different ages at their own level in singing, moving, listening, observing, chanting, or exploring musical instruments. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones and older children learn by leading younger ones. Registered families receive the Harmonica Collection Songbook + access to download music. Instructor: Stephanie Urban. 5 classes. No class 7/1. 100% scholarship recipients pay $15.

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Infant Massage and Bonding

Tuesdays

9:15AM - 10:15AM

6/18/24 - 7/23/24

Ages: Newborn - 6 months with an Adult. This five-week course is a great way to bond with your baby while connecting with other parents of little ones. Infant massage promotes relaxation, enhances neurological development and stimulates all of your baby’s physiological systems. Research-based techniques learned during this hands-on parent course can help during those difficult times with colic, digestion, teething and self-soothing. Instructor: Susan Bellisario, International Association of Infant Massage. 5 classes. No class 7/2. 100% scholarships pay $5.

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Exploration Zone @ 10:45

Tuesdays

10:45AM - 12:00PM

6/18/24 - 8/13/24

Ages: 15 months - 5 years with an Adult. Our fabulous playroom offers so much to toddlers and preschoolers. We have a wide variety of free-play activity centers to explore: art and sensory experiences, dramatic play, puzzles, blocks, climbing, books, playdough, puppets and much more. Adults help children find engaging choices and practice social skills with other families. After a community snack and cooperative group cleanup, class ends with a circle time of songs and stories, featuring ExZone favorites and new thematic material weekly. Instructor: Susan Bellisario. 8 classes. No class 7/2. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Little Bouncy Boppers

Wednesdays

9:30AM - 10:00AM

7/10/24 - 8/14/24

Ages: 12 - 30 months with an Adult. This class for older babies and toddlers and their adults focuses on movement for building a child’s body and brain in a high-energy gym setting. Each class includes repetitive welcome songs to practice waving, clapping, stomping, and other gross motor movements. Dancing together and moving to the beat are more fun with rotating props such as scarves, shakers, balls, and stuffed animals. Get to know other participants and peers in a friendly and enriching environment designed to explore and be active! Instructor: Sam Coffin. 6 classes. 100% scholarship recipients pay $5.

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Exploration Zone @ 10:00

Wednesdays

10:00AM - 11:15AM

6/26/24 - 8/14/24

Ages: 15 months - 5 years with an Adult. Our fabulous playroom offers so much to toddlers and preschoolers. We have a wide variety of free-play activity centers to explore: art and sensory experiences, dramatic play, puzzles, blocks, climbing, books, playdough, puppets and much more. Adults help children find engaging choices and practice social skills with other families. After a community snack and cooperative group cleanup, class ends with a circle time of songs and stories, featuring ExZone favorites and new thematic material weekly. Instructor: Susan Bellisario. 7 classes. No class 7/3. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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I Like to Move It, Move It

Wednesdays

10:15AM - 11:00AM

7/10/24 - 8/14/24

Ages: 2 - 4 years with an Adult. Gather together, get moving, and get on your feet! Join Sam each week in an active, upbeat class with other families in a high-energy gym setting. Children and adults sing and dance while being introduced to new musical material each week. Class includes rotating activities like parachute play, hula hoops, balls, and tunnels. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged to build community and make new friends. Instructor: Sam Coffin. 6 classes. 100% scholarships pay $10.

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Baby & Me Together

Wednesdays

11:00AM - 12:00PM

6/5/24 - 7/31/24

Ages: 2 - 11 months (non-walkers) with an Adult. Gather each week to sing, dance, play and socialize. Class includes a teacher-led circle time with a routine of lap songs, nursery rhymes, movement, and stories. Each week’s class includes adult discussions focusing on parenting and a teacher-led circle time with a routine of lap songs, nursery rhymes, movement, and stories. While the babies play and explore, the adults have a chance to explore topics related to this age group including sleeping, eating, developmental milestones, etc.. Share the joys and challenges of parenthood with the same families week-to-week. This class fits best for non-walking babies. Instructor: Sara Callaghan and Susanna Brown. 7 classes. No class 6/19 and 7/24. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Outdoor Adventures

Wednesdays

3:00PM - 4:00PM

6/26/24 - 7/24/24

Ages: 2.5 - 5 years with an Adult. This classroom has no walls and provides dedicated time to be outside with early learners during summer! In this series of classes, you and your early learner explore nature all using all of your senses. Discover parts of our forests through a mix of nature-based activities, full body exploration and play. Classes meet rain or shine, please dress for the weather and a change of clothes is never a bad idea. Lauren Earl leads the class with a background in biology and a strong passion for experiencing nature and community with all families. All are welcome. Instructor: Lauren Earl. 4 classes. No class 7/3. 100% scholarship recipients pay $5.

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Jazzy Dance Sampler

Wednesdays

3:30PM - 4:15PM

8/7/24 - 8/28/24

Ages: 3 - 5 years. This new dance class allows your preschooler to experience dance and movement through the lens of Broadway jazz and African diaspora jazz. Classes include warm-up, footwork, beginning tumbling, traveling across the floor and emphasis on gaining large motor skills. A short in-class presentation will take place in the final class. Ms. Sears is a polished educator with a professional dance and somatics career, a former dance professor, and adjudicator for the MYAF. Instructor: Christina Sears. 4 classes. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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NEW! Outdoor Summer Splash

Wednesdays

5:45PM - 6:45PM

6/26/24 - 8/14/24

Ages: 18 months - 4 years with an Adult. Summer evenings are a great time for outdoor, active fun at First Steps! Kids and parents explore the expansive playground and enjoy special water activities week-to-week like sprinklers, water balloons, water tables and more. Ted Austin, who leads the Dad’s group during the school year, is pivoting to offer this summer class for the whole family! Bring beach towels and a change of clothes for your little ones. Instructor: Ted Austin. 7 classes. No class 7/3. 100% scholarship recipients pay $5.

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Jump Into Speech for Toddlers

Thursdays

9:30AM - 10:30AM

6/20/24 - 8/1/24

Ages: 15 - 27 months with an Adult. Between 15 and 27 months, toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. In this class, adults learn and practice strategies to enhance language learning with guidance from teacher and Speech and Language Pathologist, Emily McGuire. During the first part of class, toddlers and adults explore and play in different stations in our classroom while making choices and interacting with peers. Areas may include block building, dramatic play, fine motor, gross motor, art, books, sensory awareness and more. The second part of class is Circle Time with songs, movement, partner activities, and “What’s in the Box?” Returning families have dedicated time to practice already-introduced strategies in a classroom social setting. Instructor: Emily McGuire. 6 classes. No class 7/4. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Outdoor Adventures

Thursdays

10:00AM - 11:00AM

6/20/24 - 7/25/24

Ages: 2.5 - 5 years with an Adult. This classroom has no walls and provides dedicated time to be outside with early learners during summer! In this series of classes, you and your early learner explore nature all using all of your senses. Discover parts of our forests through a mix of nature-based activities, full body exploration and play. Classes meet rain or shine, please dress for the weather and a change of clothes is never a bad idea. Lauren Earl leads the class with a background in biology and a strong passion for experiencing nature and community with all families. All are welcome. Instructor: Lauren Earl. 5 classes. No class 7/4. 100% scholarship recipients pay $5.

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Kidokinetics SportsPlay (1 year)

Fridays

9:15AM - 9:45AM

6/21/24 - 8/2/24

Ages: 12 - 23 months with an Adult. Kidokinetics provides athletic enrichment for kids ages 1-12 by introducing various sports and creative activities to foster movement that supports gross motor skill development. The SportsPlay class offers a fun introduction to sports designed to help toddlers, preschoolers and their adults get moving and build confidence! Each week features a warm-up song and stretch, an introduction to a new sport or activity (kickball, frisbee, scoops, hula hoops, football, ninja-style agility, etc), an interactive game, and an age-appropriate anatomy and physiology lesson to help bring awareness to our amazing bodies. Instructors: Kidokinetics Coaches. 6 classes. No class 7/5. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Japanese Exploration Zone

Fridays

10:00AM - 11:15AM

6/21/24 - 8/16/24

Ages: 12 months - 4 years old with an Adult. Enjoy the traditional format of our popular Exploration Zone class combined with the Japanese language. Families who are interested in the Japanese language AND fluent Japanese speakers are welcome to join! Learn and practice Japanese vocabulary: shapes, colors, counting, animals, directions and food while exploring the classroom: art, puzzles, blocks, cars, books, playdough, pretend play, puppets, climbing,etc. After a community snack and cooperative group cleanup, the class ends with a circle time of songs, movements, music and games in Japanese and English. Instructor: Michi Wixon. 8 classes. No class 7/5. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Kidokinetics SportsPlay (2 - 3.5 years)

Fridays

10:00AM - 10:45AM

6/21/24 - 8/2/24

Ages: 2 - 3.5 years with an Adult. Kidokinetics provides athletic enrichment for kids ages 1-12 by introducing various sports and creative activities to foster movement that supports gross motor skill development. The SportsPlay class offers a fun introduction to sports designed to help toddlers, preschoolers and their adults get moving and build confidence! Each week features a warm-up song and stretch, an introduction to a new sport or activity (kickball, frisbee, scoops, hula hoops, football, ninja-style agility, etc), an interactive game, and an age-appropriate anatomy and physiology lesson to help bring awareness to our amazing bodies. Instructors: Kidokinetics Coaches. 6 classes. No class 7/5. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Kidokinetics SportsPlay (3.5 - 5 years)

Fridays

11:00AM - 11:45AM

6/21/24 - 8/2/24

Ages: 3.5 - 5 years with an Adult. Kidokinetics provides athletic enrichment for kids ages 1-12 by introducing various sports and creative activities to foster movement that supports gross motor skill development. The SportsPlay class offers a fun introduction to sports designed to help toddlers, preschoolers and their adults get moving and build confidence! Each week features a warm-up song and stretch, an introduction to a new sport or activity (kickball, frisbee, scoops, hula hoops, football, ninja-style agility, etc), an interactive game, and an age-appropriate anatomy and physiology lesson to help bring awareness to our amazing bodies. Instructors: Kidokinetics Coaches. 6 classes. No class 7/5. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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NEW! Art From the Heart

Saturdays

10:00AM - 11:00AM

6/29/24 - 8/3/24

Ages: 3 - 5 years with an Adult. Gather on Saturday mornings to experience “Art from the Heart” with long-time teacher, Lesley Criscenti. Lesley leads families through large and small scale art projects while building a creative community of artists. Explore shapes, colors and patterns while painting, building, gluing and sticking. Music and movement are woven into class each week. Lesley documents each class and designs a photo storybook for purchase at the end of the session. Instructor: Lesley Criscenti. 6 weeks. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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NEW! Family Fun: Art & Play

Sundays

10:00AM - 11:15AM

6/23/24 - 8/11/24

Ages: 2 - 5 years with Adult(s). Spend Sunday mornings with your family enjoying make-and-take art projects coupled with open-ended playtime. Develop fine motor and concentration skills by creating clay handprints, individual ice cream shops, Mickey Mouse ™ with cotton balls, photo frames with popsicle sticks and more! After the art project, class moves into free-play activity centers to explore: blocks, playdough, books, puzzles, cars, climbing and much more. The end of class includes group clean-up and a brief circle time of singing, jumping, parachute and musical props. Instructor: Michi Wixon. 7 classes. No class 7/7. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Preschool Family Yoga

Sundays

11:00AM - 12:00PM

6/23/24 - 8/11/24

Ages: 3 - 5 years with an Adult. S-T-R-E-T-C-H! Move, breathe, smile, and laugh with your little one while reaping the many benefits of yoga. Developmentally appropriate poses, games, breathing, and meditation techniques will be practiced to build body awareness, release energy, and experience relaxation. Yogi Carl brings a wealth of experience as a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher for all ages. Bring a yoga mat to share with your child (or two separate mats if that’s more comfortable) and plan on some Sunday family fun! Instructor: Carl Gunderson of Simply Holistic Fitness & Wellness. 7 classes. No class 7/21. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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Family Yoga (6 - 9 years old)

Sundays

12:00PM - 1:00PM

6/23/24 - 8/11/24

Ages: 6 - 9 years with an Adult. S-T-R-E-T-C-H! Move, breathe, smile, and laugh while reaping the many benefits of yoga in a family setting. Developmentally appropriate poses, games, breathing, and meditation techniques will be practiced to build body awareness, release energy, and experience relaxation. Yogi Carl brings a wealth of experience as a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher for all ages. Bring a yoga mat and plan on a fun and zen Sunday afternoon with a family partner by your side. Instructor: Carl Gunderson of Simply Holistic Fitness & Wellness. 7 classes. No class 7/21. 100% scholarship recipients pay $10.

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