Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is an evidence-informed, promising practice supporting Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Caregivers and Parents, through weekly facilitated play groups for young children and their caregivers.
The Network is partnering with Child Care Resources in Washington, who developed Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, to pilot the program in California through weekly play groups coordinated by local R&Rs who work with license-exempt caregivers.
At a Kaleidoscope group, children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and other family members – often referred to as family, friend and neighbor caregivers – learn about:
- Activities they can do at home to support children's learning
- Turning everyday activities- such grocery shopping, cooking and bath time- into early learning opportunities
- Child development from birth to five
- Skills children are expected to have by kindergarten
- Community programs and services available to help them raise healthy children
The Network is supporting local R&Rs who are piloting the program in 2016 by providing ongoing technical assistance, site visits, quarterly facilitator training webinars, and monthly networking calls. The Network is also supporting California sites with data collection and reporting, in order to coordinate an outcomes evaluation in partnership with Child Care Resources.
For more information, download the Kaleidoscope Fact Sheet.
To see the times, locations, and contact information for groups currently operating in California, click here.