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Austin Jewish Academy Transitional Kindergarten Program: PDF Print
In response to community needs, AJA has created a transitional kindergarten program known as Gesher (“bridge”). Gesher is designed for students who are in a transitional year between preschool & kindergarten. 7300 Hart Ln. Details: 735-8350 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.austinjewishacademy.org.
 
BookSpring: PDF Print
Created from the recent merger of Reading Is Fundamental of Austin & Capital Area Reach Out & Read, BookSpring instills children with a love of reading & promotes books as a means to success. The merger enables BookSpring to create a continuum of opportunities to develop children’s language & literacy during the critical early months & years of brain development thru grade 5, resulting in stronger families & increased life-long opportunities for every child. BookSpring has pledged to distribute 1 million children’s books to families in the Austin area over the next five years & encouraged everyone to view themselves as major stakeholders & participants in children’s literacy. Details: www.bookspring.org.
 
FamilyLab free w/museum admission. PDF Print
This ongoing activity in a new interactive space is designed to provide families the opportunity to experiment, observe & respond to the art on view. Thru activities such as make & take art projects, collaborative creations & interdisciplinary approaches to art, visitors of all ages are invited to learn, play & nurture their curiosity. AMOA-Downtown 823 N. Congress. Details: 495-9224 www.amoa.org.
 
Mariposas Spanish School PDF Print
Mariposas Spanish School has children’s Spanish classes in several Austin locations. Experienced, fun & creative teachers share the language & culture with kids. Details: 653-7369 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.mariposasspanish.com.
 
McKenna Children’s Museum PDF Print
McKenna Children’s Museum provides a learning environment for children & families that stimulates thought, inspires imagination & prompts understanding thru hands-on educational exhibits & programs that focus on fine arts, culture, history, science, technology & health. Check out the interactive web site at mckennakids.org. 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. Details: 830-620-0939 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.nbchildren.org/default_flash.aspx.
 
Naturalist Workshop & Trade Counter at Austin Nature & Science Center PDF Print
Naturalist Workshop & Trade Counter at Austin Nature & Science Center is a perfect place to explore the natural world. Use microscopes & magnifying glasses to get a closeup view, a balance to check the weight, plus field guides & touchable specimens for identification of your finds. If you collect natural objects, you can bring a favorite rock, fossil, seedpod, sea shell or other cool natural object to the Trade Counter, which brims with treasures that are available for trade & can be taken home by visitors thru a trading point system. W-F: 10am-1pm; S: 10am-4pm. Austin Nature & Science Center in Zilker Park. Details: 327-8181 www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc.
 
PJ Library Offers Free Books & Music to Nurture Jewish Families: PDF Print
The PJ Library is available to help enrich Jewish family relationships by offering free children’s books & CDs. Children ages 6 months thru 6 years are eligible. It’s free the first year, $18 per child in subsequent years. The PJ Library mails brand new, age-appropriate Jewish children’s books & music CDs each month to participating families, along with parent guides. In many of The PJ Library family homes, only 1 parent is Jewish, or 1 is a Jew by choice, lacking Jewish childhood memories to pass on. Designed as an outreach to build Jewish identity in young, intermarried & unaffiliated Jewish families, The PJ Library is also available to Jewishly involved families, exposing them to Jewish culture & enhancing creative Jewish parenting. Details: Lisa Apfelberg, Jewish Community Assn. of Austin 735-8076 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > www.shalomaustin.org/pjlibrary.
 
Special Seats Offer Children Safety Boost: PDF Print
Because children often leapfrog from child safety seats to seat belts they miss an important transitional safety support, a special vehicle booster seat designed just for their size, according to safety experts. Children shorter than 4-feet, 9-inches need a booster seat. Learn more about the seats at The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site: www.boosterseat.gov.
 
Wonders & Worries PDF Print
Wonders & Worries offers developmentally appropriate support groups & individual counseling for children & youth who have a parent with cancer or other serious illness. Support groups & counseling available for children, adolescents & young adults with cancer, cystic fibrosis, juvenile arthritis & other chronic illnesses. All services are free of charge & are offered in Spanish & English. 923 Westbank Dr., Ste C. Details: Meredith Cooper 329-5757 www.wondersandworries.org.