Three cheers for Friday! It’s been a wonderful week at BANANAS and we’re excited to share everything that’s been going on.

THIS WEEK

April is such an important month for kids, and, in fact, it’s the Month of the Young Child! In addition to this designation, April is also noted as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Poetry Month. With such relevant topics being highlighted, this week we posted a difficult but extremely necessary BANANA Bites column on Talking to Kids About Molestation. We recognize how tough it can be to address this with young children and hope that the ideas provided enable parents to teach kids what is appropriate and what’s not. We love responding to the questions of parents and early learning professionals, so if there is a subject you would like us to cover, send an email to elyce@bananasinc.org. To bring attention to the fun of poetry month, we created a whimsical Pinterest board called A World of Poetry filled with quotes from Roald Dahl, A.A. Milne, and Lewis Carroll, along with crafty ideas for little ones such as a Making a Poet-tree. Be sure to check out all the imagination inspiration!

NEXT WEEK

New parents will gain lots of helpful information at Thursday’s free Choosing Infant Care workshop, and Spanish-speaking child care providers will enjoy Aprender a través de las Relaciones con Bebés y Niños Pequeños, the first in a two-part series beginning next Saturday, April 18th. And, we still have four remaining slots for our CPR & First Aid Training on Sunday, April 19th, so call us today for registration forms or stop by to reserve your space!

IN THE COMMUNITY

There are some uniquely awesome events taking place in the Bay Area this weekend, including the free I’m a Performer Family Concert with the Berkeley Symphony. At this all-ages event, kids are invited to bring their instruments or raise their voices alongside professional orchestra players. On Sunday, families can watch jugglers, listen to children’s music, and indulge in local food items at a free Berkeley Bay Earth Day Festival. Get a jump-start on your Earth Day celebrations by checking out all the super fun ideas on our Earth Day for Little Ones Pinterest board.

Enjoy the sunshine and we’ll see you on Monday!

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