Birth – Four Family Support Services
Are you the parent or caretaker of an infant or young child? SJIFRC has a wide array of resources and programs especially for you! We can put you in touch with the community resources you need, from pregnancy on. SJIFRC offers periodic parenting classes, special workshops on parenting topics, early literacy resources, twice-yearly infant clothing/toy swaps and many other services including the following:
SJIFRC’s playgroups for parents, caregivers and their children ages 0 – 4 are a great opportunity to connect with other island families. Our bright and spacious playroom and backyard are open four mornings a week for playtime, parent conversations, snacks, story-reading, singing and more. You can also drop in anytime during our playgroups – stay for just a few minutes or for the full hour and a half, depending on what works for you and your child!
SJIFRC playgroups are scheduled weekly at the following times and locations:
- Mondays – Padres Todos Juntos (Spanish) group 10:00 – 11:30 at the SJIFRC
- Tuesdays – Lapsit & Linger (English) group 10:00 – 11:30 at the SJIFRC
- Wednesdays – Lapsit & Linger (English) group 10:00 – 11:30 at the SJIFRC
- Thursdays – Padres Todos Juntos (Spanish) group 10:00 – 11:30 at the SJIFRC
- Thursdays – Lapsit & Linger (English) group 10:00 – 11:30 at the SJI Library
- Fridays – Baby Wearing Group Offered once a month – Call SJIFRC for more information
Seeds of Empathy
In partnership with San Juan Island Head Start, SJIFRC offers a special early literacy and social-skills building program for preschoolers. This program aims to give children an early love of reading while helping to develop positive communication and social skills prior to elementary school. For more information call our office at (360) 378-5246
Pre-K to Kindergarten Transitions Program:
Each spring SJIFRC partners with local preschools and our public elementary school to offer a series of activities that help incoming kindergartners and their families to get to know one another, feel familiar with school resources and ease the transition into Kindergarten. For more information you can call our office or stop by Friday Harbor Elementary School on Kindergarten registration days.
In partnership with San Juan County 4-H, the San Juan Island Family Resource Center’s Youth Mentoring Program pairs Friday Harbor community members with youth who can benefit from weekly one-on-one time with a caring adult mentor and participation in 4-H clubs and activities. Whether it’s bike riding, baking cookies, doing an art project or just talking, mentoring is a way for adults and kids alike to experience quality time together and make a positive difference in each other’s lives. Please contact us if you are interested in being a mentor, or if you have a child who might enjoy being a part of this special program! Contact Barbara Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or just give us a call.
Safecare Home Visiting
Child development provider can make 20 home visits per family to help parents build skills that enhance home safety, child health, and developmentally appropriate parent-child-infant interactions.