PEPSapalooza Family Music Fest!

Join this fun-filled family event and support PEPS! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012 11am – 3pm | Doors open at 10:30
Admission prices: $35 Early Bird until July 4; $45 after July 4
Single Family Admission includes two adults and their children. If you want to bring an additional adult (other family members, nanny, etc.) — $15.00  Single Ticket (with single family admission).

Between bands the fun continues with activities for the whole family…

  • JamTown drumming sensation
  • Pony rides by Pony Paradise
  • Dizzy’s Tumblebus
  • Trampolining with Springfree Trampolines
  • Hula Hooping with Seattle Children’s
  • Balloon Art
  • Music themed crafts with A Nanny For U
  • Bubbles and much, much more…

Admission to PEPSapalooza is a donation and supports PEPS’ programming.

"Media and Children" TEDxRainier presentation by Dimitri Christakis, M.D.

Click here to view Dr. Christakis’ TEDx presentation on “Media and Children.”

Dimitri Christakis is a pediatrician, parent, and researcher whose influential findings are helping identify optimal media exposure for children.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Parenting with Courage and Connection

Jody McVittie, MD, a parent trainer, coach and parent educator will focus on how parents can connect with kids and see behavior that makes everyone happier. Jody will guide us through new ways of thinking about balancing firmness and kindness to create better relationship. She will provide insight into why we all do the crazy things that they do when trying to get along in families. 

Free and open to public and childcare will be provided.

April 30 from 7-9PM in Parlor at Villa Academy, 5001 NE 50th Street, Seattle WA 98105 
Just east of Children’s Hospital at corner of NE 50th St. and 50th Ave NE

2012 Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year.  It was named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.  Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the most prestigious American children’s book award.

The 2012 Caldecott Medal winner is A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka.  Raschka also won the Caldecott in 2006 for “The Hello, Goodbye Window.”
In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed.  With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.

“Chris Raschka’s deceptively simple paintings of watercolor, gouache and ink explore universal themes of love and loss that permit thousands of possible variants,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Steven L. Herb. ‘A Ball for Daisy’ holds as many unique stories as there will be young readers and re-readers.

2012 Honor Books

1       Blackout – Written and illustrated by John Rocco
A summer’s power outage draws an urban family up to their building’s roof and then down to the street for an impromptu block party.  Rocco illuminates details and characters with a playful use of light and shadow in his cartoon-style illustrations. He delivers a terrific camaraderie-filled adventure that continues even when the electricity returns.

     Grandpa Green – Written and illustrated by Lane Smith
Elaborate topiary sculptures give visual form to memories in a wildly fanciful garden tended by a child and his beloved great-grandfather.  Using an inspired palate, Lane Smith invites readers to tour a green lifetime of meaningful moments.

     Me … Jane – Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

Watching the birds and squirrels in her yard, a young girl discovers the joy and wonder of nature. In delicate and precise India ink and watercolor, McDonnell depicts the awakening of a scientific spirit. A perceptive glimpse of the childhood of renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall. 

Seattle Center Festál 2012

Thanks, Becky (Broadview’s 3-5 Parent Educator) for sharing this:

Seattle Center Festál 2012

Festál, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations, is a year-long series of FREE events that honors the cultural richness and diversity of the Pacific Northwest.  Festál plays a vital part in Seattle Center efforts to connect our dynamic and varied communities.

 In 2012, Seattle Center Festál will be part of “The Next Fifty,” the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
January 21-22, 2012
March 17-18, 2012
April 13-15, 2012
May 6, 2012
May 12, 2012
May 25-28, 2012
May 19, 2012
June 9-10, 2012
June 16, 2012
June 30 – July 1, 2012
July 14-15, 2012
August 5, 2012
August 25-26, 2012
September 9, 2012
September 15-16, 2012
September 29-30, 2012
October 7, 2012
October 20-21, 2012
October 27-28, 2012
November 3, 2012

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 21 world festivals presented at Seattle Center throughout 2011, highlights the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by Seattle Center Foundation and the City of Seattle. 

Parent Showcase: Ruth-Anne Ford

Ruth-Anne Ford is the Toddler Chair and Mommy to Jules (2 years) and Lennon (4 1/2 years).  This is her forth year at the Broadview Co-op.  Her son Lennon completed three years with our our wonderful Teacher Charlotte.  

Besides taking care of her boys, Ruth-Anne also is continuing her career as a baker.  As hotel and restaurant schedules can be quite demanding on a mother of young children, she has been able to pursue her career at home being a freelance wedding cake and celebration cake designer.    

Ruth-Anne attended the Pastry Program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2003.  After the year-long intensive program, she started at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC. At the Fairmont, she was the lead wedding cake designer. 

In 2006 she moved to Seattle and worked at the Westin Hotel where she gained experience in creating plated desserts and petit fours for corporate events. She has been a freelance wedding cake designer for over six years.

Please check out her website and think of her for your next celebration!

Holiday Travel Tips

Below are travel trips for car and plane.  A huge thanks goes to Shelly for sharing her expertise. (Shelly traveled solo with Geneva every six weeks for the first 16 months of her life and also regularly drives 5+ hours to visit in-laws).  Also mixed in are the tips from Parent Ed.
Enjoy & safe travels!

(Many thanks for sharing these, Irene!)

For the plane:

1.  Definitely use curb side check in for your bags.  Bring plenty of $5.00 bills for tips.
2.  Make sure to go through a security checkpoint with a family lane.  
3.  Take your BOB stroller (or other large stroller) through the security checkpoint and check them at the gate (you can pick them up directly on the gangplank at your destination).  Airport security can take your large stroller to one side and do a quick secondary scan so, unlike a small travel stroller, you don’t have to break it down and put it through the x-ray machine.  A big stroller also doubles as a carry-on baggage cart as you’re weaving your way through the airport.     
4.  Ask the gate attendant if there are any vacant seats – if there are they will probably offer you a seat for your child’s car seat.  Even if your little one rides most of they way in your arms it’s nice to have the extra space.  🙂
5.  Take at least one change of clothes for you and at least two for your toddler on the plane.  I’m not sure why, but altitude seems to make for explosive poop.  🙂  Also, take plenty of wipes and quart sized baggies. 
6.  Take one diaper and some wipes and put them into an easy to access baggie in your diaper bag.  Then you only have to grab the baggie if you need to change a diaper in the tiny airplane bathroom.
7.  Take plenty of “disposable” books and small toys [finger puppets (introduce one-by-one); sticker sheets & books; paperback scholastic books from Goodwill/ValueVillage (Holman Road) are under a $1; playdough w/some stampers; paper & crayons; wrap small toys to buy some extra time] Tape measurers, painters tape, keychain flashlights, and things they can manipulate are big hits.
8.  If you have one, take a smart phone or tablet loaded with children’s books (there are a ton you can download for free), games, and Sesame Street videos. [Ladybug App books with coloring, shape matching, & other games] 
9.  Take plenty of “special snacks” [and a few new snacks] (animal crackers in the box with a handle, yogurt covered raisins, pretzels, bootie, etc.).
10.  Take a few packets of instant oatmeal and/or other easily rehydratable food (think backpacking food like Mountain House meals).  This will save you if you get stranded in a strange city and have to get a hotel room late at night.  You can at least have a simple meal using hot water from the coffee maker.
11.  Take a small first aid kit containing children’s Tylenol, children’s ibuprofen, children’s benadryl, sanitary wipes, band-aids, and rescue remedy.
12. At Seatac airport there is a toddler/young child playroom across the hall from Boarders Books in the Central (Pacific Marketplace) terminal. It’s close to the walkway taking you to concourse A or B. Also in the Pacific Marketplace there is a Fireworks gift store, a Life is Good store, and Boarders Books store with toys and books available for distraction  
-Liquid restrictions are waived for traveling with kids from TSA website “Medically necessary liquids and gels, including medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice, are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in a zip-top bag. Officers may ask travelers to open these items to conduct additional screening and passengers should declare them for inspection at the checkpoint.”
-Helps to have carry-on food for kids in one location to speed up screening. 
-Bring non-perishable milk like Organic Valley or Horizon (aseptic) Milk as airlines are increasingly stingy about offering milk as a beverage on flights.
-Consider bringing a down pillow that will pack small, but provides some comfort if holding a sleeping toddler; also small blanket (as airlines often no longer offer blankets or pillows.)
-Half-full attitude about changes in altitude: a night at the airport with toddler will hopefully at least make a good story!

If you’re staying at a hotel [or relatives]:

1.  Try to get a room with a balcony or a ground floor room with a sliding glass door to the outside.  That way, when your little one is taking a nap or down for the night, you can head just outside and have a glass of wine and watch a movie on your laptop or tablet (assuming it’s warm enough).  

2.  Take a small babyproofing kit (outlet plug covers, zip ties for cords, nightlight) and sanitary wipes to wipe down suspicious surfaces.
3.  Call ahead and see if the hotel has a crib you can use.  We’ve done it several times and while the cribs have never been outstanding, they’re good enough for a night and a little better than a pack n’ play.
4.  Try to get a room with a microwave and minifridge (or at least a coffee maker so you can make hot water for instant oatmeal or other easily rehydrated food).  
-Pack a portable booster seat (can be used at hotel for take-out meals or at relatives)
-If staying for an extended time with relatives, take a trip to their local library and checkout books to replace packing heavy hardcover books.

If you’re driving:

1.  Go at nap time or bedtime to take advantage of sleeping in the car time.

2.  Take small toys to hand back one at a time [also small paperback books or Ladybug magazines]
3.  Whether or not you like the food, there is a McDonald’s about every 100 miles and they will have a clean bathroom with a changing table, entertaining toys, a safe place to play, and if you’re okay with it, unsweetened ice tea for a sippy cup (ice tea is Geneva’s special travel treat).  
4.  Pick up a bunch of read along books (with accompanying CDs) at the Library.  You can put on the CD and your kid can flip through the pages to follow the story. [Bring CDs or ipod w/songs that toddler likes]
5.  Sing songs about the things you see (“when telephone poles wake up in the morning they always say buzz,” etc.)
6.  At about hour 4 we always get a little desperate so we take a portable DVD player, tablet, or smart phone loaded with videos.

Holiday Adventures!

Many thanks to Irene for sharing these ideas for Holiday Adventures…

–  Go to Swanson’s nursery for a late breakfast and to see live 
–  Take treats for the wild creatures to Discovery or Carkeek park and leave them about.
–  Read about holiday traditions in other cultures & pick one to try.
–  Visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory on a really cold day to experience the warmth & scents of more tropical climes.
–  Buy and take food to the food bank.
–  Make newsprint wrapping paper by doing crayon rubbings or paint prints of cedar boughs and pine needles. 
–  Make special holiday treats (biscuits, toys) for friends & pets.
–  Collect pine cones for decorations; maybe glitter them, maybe not.
–  Ride the ferry to Bainbridge & ride back in time to see Seattle all lit up.
–  Make pine cone bird feeders & put them in the yard.
–  See the zoo lights at Point Defiance Zoo.
–  Go downtown on a weekday to look at the decorations & ride the carousel.
–  Do a holiday jigsaw puzzle.
–  Read winter & holiday stories aloud, under a quilt on the couch.
–  Talk about Hanukkah & put out the menorah.
–  Decorate the car  
–  If it’s cold enough, make ice ornaments to hang in the yard (water + food
color + string in muffin tins & leave outside overnight to freeze).

–  Go for crumpets with maple butter and cream cheese at the crumpet Shop at Pike
Place Market.
–  Make an English Holiday Tea, with fancy china, little sandwiches, ices,cookies, maybe with friends too.
–  Start an annual taco party
–  Have friends over for a kid’s movie in the evening or watch holiday shows.
–  if it’s not too wet, make a fire on the deck with Andes Mints ‘smores.
–  Drive to snow.
–  Meet friends at Seattle Center for Winterfest (train table, choirs, carousel,lights).
–  Make a gingerbread house.
–  Make challah.
–  Look at photos from previous Christmases.
–  Decorate the inside of the house.
–  Put lights on the house.
–  Get the tree.
–  Buy a special ornament for this year.
Other ideas that might be of interest.

–  Learn to play a holiday song on an instrument.
–  Take a moonlit walk in the snow.
–  Invite family or friends to have a sleepover.
–  Cuddle under a blanket.
–  Learn to say ”I Love You” in 5 languages.
–  Go ice skating.
–  Write 10 things you are thankful for.
–  Write down the 10 best memories from the past year.
–  Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
–  Share your favorite holiday memories.
–  Write down your favorite traditions.
–  Write down traditions you want to start with your family.
–  Bake cookies.
–  Ready a book by the fire.
–  Watch family videos.
–  Have dinner by candlelight.
–  Make breakfast food for dinner and eat in your pajamas.
–  Deliver gifts to neighbors and friends
–  Cut out paper snowflakes.
–  Make popcorn string.
–  Make cheerio string.
–  Watch the snow fall.
–  Make reindeer puppets.
–  Build a snowman.
–  Eat snow.
–  Go sledding.
–  Make snow angels.
–  Make and send holiday cards.
–  Wear silly holiday socks.
–  Have hot chocolate with all the fixings.
–  Star gaze.
–  Go out for sushi.
–  Have an indoor picnic.
–  Use puppets to tell bedtime story.
–  Have breakfast for dinner (snowman pancakes?).
–  Have a camp out around the Christmas tree.
–  Pack a picnic and have it at a park (or Botanical Gardens).
–  Wear fancy dress for dinner time.
–  Buy and wrap a gift for a charity organization.
–  Make handmade gift tags.
–  Get Fish and Chips take-out for dinner and eat down at the beach.
–  Fold origami decorations.
–  Dance like crazy to music.
–  Watch a holiday movie with popcorn.
–  Go out for ice cream.
–  Take grandparents out to see the Christmas lights.
–  Take a holiday-scented bubble bath (like gingerbread or peppermint or eggnog).
–  Make your own flavor of ice cream.
–  Make snow men, one for each family member.
–  Make molassas candy on the snow.
–  Paint your lawn by using food coloring on the snow.
–  Go christmas caroling, maybe at a local retirement home.
–  Go to a local animal shelter and volunteer to take some dogs walking.
–  Decorate every door in the house.
–  Wrap gifts.
–  Donate food to a shelter or food bank.
–  Write someone a letter telling them how special they are to you.
–  Visit family.
–  Bake cookies + deliver them to friends.
–  Sing holiday songs.
–  Drink spiced cider.
–  Attend a holiday concert, choir or play.
–  Hang mistletoe.
–  Take a drive or walk to see the holiday lights.
–  Make a paper snowman.
–  Make muffins.
–  Make and decorate gingerbread houses.

Join Us for a Winter Festival & Open House

Please join our Winter Festival and Open House for families with children 1 to 5 years old.  We will have fun and engaging Winter-based activities and a warm, festive atmosphere!   Children are welcome and refreshments will be served!

Saturday, December 10th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Teacher Charlotte Wallstrom and co-op families will be on hand to lead activities, answer questions and tour families around our classroom.
 What’s Co-op?
 A Cooperative Preschool, or Co-op, provides quality, early childhood education and parent support for families with children from infancy to Pre-Kindergarten. 
Co-ops are very popular and provide a community of support and education for children and their families. They differ from traditional preschools in that they are lead by a certified preschool teacher, in conjunction with parents, and in partnership with North Seattle Community College.
Broadview Co-op Preschool offers engaging early learning opportunities, accredited parent education and family support for families in Broadview and beyond.
For more information about the Broadview Co-op Preschool, please visit our website at:
(Located at the southeast corner of Greenwood Ave. N. and N. 112th St.)
For more information, contact Kim Alessi at

Preschool: The Best Job-Training Program

When economist James Heckman was studying the effects of job training programs on unskilled young workers, he found a mystery.
He was comparing a group of workers that had gone through a job training program with a group that hadn’t. And he found that, at best, the training program did nothing to help the workers get better jobs. In some cases, the training program even made the workers worse off.

The problem was that the students in the training program couldn’t learn what they were being taught. They lacked an important set of skills which would enable them to learn new things. Heckman, a Nobel-Prize-winning economist, calls these soft skills.
You might not think of soft skills as skills at all. They involve things like being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated.
All these soft skills are very important in getting a job. And Heckman discovered that you don’t get them in high school, or in middle school, or even in elementary school. You get them in preschool.
And that, according to Heckman, makes preschool one of the most effective job-training programs out there.
As evidence, he points to the Perry Preschool Project, an experiment done in the early 1960s in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Researchers took a bunch of 3- and 4-year-old kids from poor families and randomly assigned them to one of two groups. The kids in one group just lived their regular lives. And the kids in the other group went to preschool for two hours a day, five days a week.
After preschool, both groups went into the same regular Ypsilanti public school system and grew up side by side into adulthood.
Yet when researchers followed up with the kids as adults, they found huge differences. At age 27, the boys who had – almost two decades earlier – gone to preschool were now half as likely to be arrested and earned 50 percent more in salary that those who didn’t.
And that wasn’t all. At 27, girls who went to preschool were 50 percent more likely to have a savings account and 20 percent more likely to have a car. In general, the preschool kids got sick less often, were unemployed less often, and went to jail less often. Since then, many other studies have reported similar findings.
These results made me think: What is going on in preschool?
So I visited the Co-Op School, a preschool in Brooklyn. Eliza Cutler, a teacher there, said the kids do a lot of the same things the Perry Preschool kids did back in the 60s: They play, they paint, they build with blocks, and they nap.
If you didn’t know where to look, you wouldn’t see the job skills they’re learning.
Yet they are learning valuable skills: how to resolve conflicts, how to share, how to negotiate, how to talk things out. These are skills that they need to make it through a day of preschool now. And they are skills they will need to make it through a day of work when they’re 30.
If they learn these skills now, they’ll have them for the rest of their lives. But research shows that if they don’t learn them now, it becomes harder and harder as they get older. By the time the time they’re in a job training program in their twenties, it’s often too late.
Heckman is an economist so he thinks about this as a cost-benefit analysis. To him, the message is clear: If you want 21 year-olds to have jobs, the best time to train them is in the first few years of life.
For more, see these studies: