I am Certified in Kidding Around Yoga, an internationally known and registered through Yoga Alliance (regulatory agency for yoga) Yoga program designed specifically with children 0-13 in mind. I started and ran a successful large FCCH in Vallejo for 8 years during which time I led an average of 10 children 0-5 in a daily yoga practice. Before I opened my FCCH I taught State Preschool in Vallejo for 13 years for the Vallejo City Unified School District. My Associates Degree is in Child Development from Solano Community College. I was born and raised in Vallejo and have worked in the Early Childhood field in Solano County for 23+ years. During my work as a Child Care Professional and State Preschool teacher I worked closely with families to help them understand their children’s needs and development. I teach Baby Signs classes in Vallejo and at our local Resource and Referral Agency, SFCS. One of the topics that always comes up is dealing with challenging behavior. I have many years of experience helping families and caregivers communicate and understand each other’s needs.
In the last several years, I have been fortunate to attend Trauma Informed Practice trainings and learn about new views on Brain Development. One of the practices that all of the trainings I am attending say can support positive brain development and resiliency is Meditation and Mindfulness. Parents and Caregivers do not have the opportunities to attend such trainings. I see this project as an opportunity to bring the latest human development findings to those that are raising children. I am very excited that I have found a way through Kidding Around Yoga to teach these practices directly to children. Building children’s resiliency and giving them positive proven tools to deal with stress. Through their active engagement we will increase the chances of these practices becoming a part of their daily life.
I am very active in my community and serve on several boards. One of which is the Friends of Loma Vista Farm. Farm activities are some of the child friendly activities that I will share with families. Loma Vista Farm offers several community resources (including growing food in your kitchen or patio, and ideas on how to serve fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal). I am excited to share that I host Kidding Around Yoga in Solano County Libraries. As the co-chair on Solano County’s Library Advisory Council, I know many of the great resources libraries have to offer. Connecting with families, I will share all I know about community resources.
check www.facebook.com/CARE4EM for dates and details
John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo, CA
Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 am
May 16, 23, 30 and June 6
May 18th I will be at Solano Resiliency Summit
check Solano Resiliency Summit on Eventbrite for details
Mary Bird Child Development
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
May 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30
Rio Vista Library
July 23 and August 1 10:30 and 11 am