A quality early learning environment that promotes cognitive, social, and emotional development for children ages 2 to 5.
Developmental Playgroup meets Wednesday mornings during the academic school year. The Developmental Playgroup is led by a qualified Early Childhood Education Teacher and supported by NMCS’ Case Manager who offers immediate support to the families and provides resources to support families to confidently move forward with their own goals to succeed at home, at school, at work, and in our community.
Every Wednesday, parent and child will be welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment where they will play with others, sing age-appropriate songs, move through music, and listen to storytime—all while developing social skills, problem-solving skills, math skills, and a foundation for reading so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn.
In 2016, Abashek started attending playgroup. We were new to Novato and didn’t have a support system. We were happy to be part of this group where our son could make new friends, and learn how to play well with others.
During playgroup, the teacher read age-appropriate stories, and Abashek was encouraged to start reading books at home. Rhyming is not used in my native language and schooling, so it was wonderful to hear the teacher use rhymes in the form of songs. Amy, the guitar player, sang songs related to themes of the month, and taught the children how to rhyme through songs. These activities taught me rhyming songs that I could sing to my sons as well.
Abashek is now five-years-old and entered kindergarten this year. The time spent in playgroup over the past few years taught him new skills, such as learning the days of the week, months of the year, the love of reading books, and telling stories. He can now write the alphabet and also count up to 100. Thanks to NMCS for conducting such a nice playgroup. We will definitely miss all of the fun we had in playgroup for the last few years and also his teacher.
Thanking you, Abashek’s mom