Community Playgroup

Summit County Community Playgroup

Community Playgroup meets every Monday from 10:00 am-11:30 am at the Teen Center (located in the County Commons, near the DMV).  Playgroup is free to community members with children birth - 3. No registration is required.  Drop by--we'd love to you see you!

Philosophy

The philosophy of the group is:

  • Floor Time - We sit on the floor with the child / children and play at their eye level and their world.
  • Respect – In this group we respect each other, ourselves and the things we play with and the room we use.
  • Responsibility – We are all responsible for our children and their actions as they learn and play. Please keep them safe.
  • Education / learning – We are here to learn from each other and the people that come to the group to give us information about our children and ourselves.
  • Physical growth and development – This is a time for nourishment for ourselves, a place to learn new skills and a time to have fun with other children and parents.
  • Parent / child attachment –We learn about our children and the importance of relationship.
  • Adult interaction – Group provides support and camaraderie for parents in sharing the joys and challenges of parenting. Information sharing is a way to learn new skills. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, while caring for your children.
  • Child interaction– Play is the best learning tool for children. Children learn the rules of living through play.
    • Mixed ages - We purposely invite children from ages 0-3 (and up to 5 siblings), because mixed age play is a positive and valuable environment for learning. Today, many families have one to two children and live far from cousins and extended family. This leaves little opportunity for children to experience mixed age play, compared to past generations. It has been said that at this time, the United States is probably the most age-segregated society that has ever existed.
  • Parent shared discipline- It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. The more caring adults children have in their lives, the safer and more loved they feel. In our group, we encourage all parents to share the “opportunities for teaching,” like sharing, calming skills, etc. Children need to learn the skill of listening and learning from many teachers.
For more information about playgroup contact Laura Cronin at [email protected] or 970-668-9186
Floor Time
Floor Time
Overview

The philosophy of floor time is to get down on the floor with your child / children, bring yourself to a present state, and play.Through floor play, you will help your children grow in many important domains of development:

  • Cognitive (thinking) skills
  • Fine motor skills (fingers)
  • Gross motor skills (whole body)
  • Language skills
  • Social skills
Most importantly, you will build the bonding relationship, necessary for your child to grow up feeling safe and loved- the foundation for all other learning.
Group Guidelines
Goals

It takes a Village to Raise a Child, so we work together to accomplish the following:

  • Discipline / teaching - Please supervise your child.This is a great place to teach your child social skills of cooperation, sharing, The group works together sharing tips for creative, positive, nurturing discipline.
  • Leaving the room - Children should always have an adult with them when going to the bathroom and in public spaces (halls, library)
  • Toys - Favorite toys from home are welcome but it is the parent’s responsibility to keep track of what your child brings. Please be aware that other children may play with this toy and there is a potential for damage or loss.
  • Snacks - The facilitators provide healthy snacks for children who are eating table food.If you child is not, or is on a special diet, you will have to bring your child’s snack.Please no whole grapes (choking foods) or peanuts / peanut butter (serious allergy reactions). Keep track of containers.
  • Building - Respect that this group is held in a public building and children can play and make noise in the room but should be quiet in the rest of the building.
  • Clean-up - Parents and children work together to clean-up our room, teaching respect of our own belongings, as well as others..
  • Confidentiality - New Moms and Dads is a support group for parents.Parenting experiences extreme emotions of joy, love, miracle of life, closeness- as well as frustration, confusion, helplessness, sadness, anger, out-of-control.This group is a place to express all of the experiences of parenting, however, to allow comfort of expression, we must commit to respecting- “What is said in the group, stays in the group.”
Remember:This is your group and suggestions for speakers, topics, outings, toys, activities, and snacks are welcome!