Peoria Unified's Family Resource Center hosts August workshops
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Peoria Unified’s Family Resource Center hosts August workshops

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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District


The Peoria Unified School District, in partnership with First Things First, opened the district’s first Family Resource Center in January 2013 at Marshall Ranch Elementary.

The center now resides at Sky View Elementary School Bldg. C, 8624 W. Sweetwater.

Offering a plethora of workshops scheduled throughout the month of August, the Family Resource Center provides parents and caregivers of children birth to five with necessary resources as well as parent- child activity opportunities.

PLAY TO LEARN, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. Play is the foundation of learning for young children.  Play to Learn gives parents a chance to improve their child’s physical, cognitive and social development as they play along with them and other families in the Family Resource Center.

Peoria Unified's Family Resource Center hosts August workshops FamilyResourceCenterHPHEALTH-E APPS, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 11. Learn how to apply for medical assistance, nutrition assistance and cash assistance online at the Health-E Apps orientation.

BOOK CLUB, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Aug. 13, 20. Temper tantrums, toilet training, picky eating- all normal types of behavior?  Explore and discuss the 16 problem behavior topics in Deborah Hewitt’s book: So This Is Normal Too?

PROCESS ART, 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Aug. 14, 28.  Process art allows children to make their own decisions, be themselves and just create.  Parents may bring their kids anytime between the allotted time frame and assist as their art comes to life!

FITNESS FUN, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Aug. 18. What better way to enhance a child’s motor skills than exercise?  Kids have the opportunity to dance, sing, stretch and twist at this exciting event.

BUBBLE-OLOGY, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Aug. 21.  The Arizona Science Center presents an exploration and observation of scientific thinking for preschoolers.  A reservation is required for this free service for preschoolers, at 623-773-6681.

BOOK NOOK NIGHT, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 27. Parents and their children may enjoy a story, snack, music, movement and other family activities that promote early literacy skills.  Additionally, each child will take home a free book!

For more workshop information and registration, and to reserve child care for children under five during parent/caregiver workshops, call the Family Resource Center at 623-773-6681 or 623-773-6679.

The Family Resource Center will be closed Friday, Aug. 7, Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25 for staff meetings and a conference.

The overall goal of the Family Resource Center is to strengthen families in our community and help children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed. Funding comes from the Family Support Strategy of First Things First and focuses on strengthening families with young children.

The Peoria Unified School District serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school and was the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation.

With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.