Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Services
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are facilitated play groups for young children and their family, friend, and neighbor caregivers and parents. Groups are run by community organizations, like Catholic Family & Child Service, Child Care Resource & Referral in a variety of neighborhood locations, including libraries, community centers, apartment rec rooms and churches. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups meet weekly for 1 ½ -2 hours. All groups have a trained facilitator, who sets up a variety of activities and who provides information and guidance to participants.
A typical Play & Learn session usually begins with time for children and caregivers to enjoy informal play activities (such as blocks, dolls, books, art, etc) set up by the facilitator. At each station, a brief explanation is posted for the caregivers how to interact with the children using the materials provided. The facilitators introduce new experiences to children by playing with the materials themselves, and describing what they are doing and why, so the adults will better understand the value of the activity. Often there is a brief circle time for children and a discussion time for caregivers, who are encouraged to share questions and concerns and serve as a resource for one another.