Join TRENDS Global and AVP Atlanta on June 25th and 26th as they co-host the workshop on ‘Alternatives To Violence”. See the flyer below for more details and feel free to pass it along to your professional and personal network.
Please join the Somali American Community Center in honoring all of the 2016 Graduates! Their family and friends along with the Clarkston community will be happily celebrating these graduates at the annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 29th at 6pm at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center.
We are extremely proud of these youth and their success and wish them well as they embark upon their next journey!
Please Save the Date for the 4th Annual Tell Me a Story! Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Clarkston Community Center. If you are interested in volunteering at this festival or helping in other capacities, please call CDF at (404)736-6602.
We encourage you to share this Save The Date flyer with your network! We look forward to seeing you on May 21st!
Check out some pics from past Tell Me a Story Events below!
Come help us celebrate the Clarkston Oaks READY School turning one year old! We will gather together on Friday, May 6th from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Clarkston Oaks Apartments for a short program, recognitions and a time for conversation and refreshments. We hope to see you there!
Please mark your calendars for this great event at Georgia Piedmont Technical College- Conference Room- on Thursday 6/30/16 from 8:30am-3:00pm. The New Americans Symposium will discuss ways in which we can strengthen communities by welcoming all residents and is an initiative of: CDF: A Collection Action Initiative, Interfaith’s Children’s Movement (ICM), Ser Familia, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), The Asian Pacific American Historical Society (APAHS) and YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Thank you to each and every one of you who attended our Spring Open House celebrating our partnership with the Somali American Community Center! Over 80 guests attended the event on March 31st and learned about the activities of both of our organizations and ways we are partnering. We were pleased to welcome residents who read about the event and wanted to learn more about what CDF and the Somali American Community Center do in the community. We were also please to greet local Clarkston families, city council members, as well as long time friends and colleagues.
All guests enjoyed fruit, veggies and dip, samosas, hummus, desserts made by an Iraqi friend, and, most importantly, socializing with one another! Below are some pics highlighting the event!
The fish were really biting today!
What a day it was! The four year old children painted a wall, fished in a river (without getting wet!), played with magic sand, went grocery shopping, and so much more at the first annual Clarkston Day at the Museum on February 29, 2016. More than 60 children, their teachers and parents enjoyed the event, sponsored by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Clarkston Early Learning Network, and CDF Action.
The children, parents, and teachers were among the first to experience the expansion of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and their new interactive exhibits and hands-on play activities. The museum is a great place for children to take ownership of their own learning, explore their curiosities, and to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning through the power of play.
Busy at work and play in the giant sand tables!
On February 2, the City of Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry signed a proclamation declaring February 29 as Clarkston Day at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. In a special ceremony the day of the event, City Councilman Dean Moore talked about the importance of early learning experiences which engage families, teachers, and children in literacy, social studies, healthy living and the arts. He welcomed the participants from Clarkston’s READY School, Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center, the Clarkston First Baptist Academy, and New American Pathways, concluding his remarks by thanking the Museum for their commitment to hands on early learning.
Learning through play with the amazing giant ball machine.
“The museum is fabulous,” said one of the mothers. “I have only been in this country a short time. If it hadn’t been for this field trip, I wouldn’t have known about the museum.”
The event was made possible in part by a W.K. Kellogg early learning and family engagement award to CDF Action, a not for profit organization which uses an asset based community development process to develop early learning and education programs, and impact policy.
We would like to thank Virginia Reese Photography for capturing this beautiful day for us. For more information about the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, please visit www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org, and to learn more about CDF Action, go to www.cdfaction.org.
A very special day to remember for our children and their families!
Join us on Saturday, April 20th for Clarkston Culture Fest 2016! There will be music, treats and family fun! Details below!
Friday, February 12: Families, children, and teachers enjoyed the Family Engagement Event at the Clarkston READY School, a part-time free program for three year old children and their families located at Clarkston Oaks Apartments. The parents discussed future workshops (including child development and nutrition), signed up for the Clarkston Day at the Museum field trip scheduled for February 29, and learned about Pre-Kindergarten registration at Scottdale Child Development & Family Resource Center. One goal is to ensure that every eligible child is enrolled in a free Pre-K program, and that they have a smooth transition from the READY School into their new program. The program, now in its 11th month, has served 32 children and their families from Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Palestine, and Burma. AND….the READY School has a waiting list!
The Clarkston READY School, funded by United Way of Greater Atlanta, is sponsored by Scottdale Children Development and Family Resource Center and CDF Action.
The photos are from the Family Engagement Event held at the Clarkston READY School.
We are thrilled to announce that February 29, 2016 has been proclaimed as Clarkston Day at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta! This proclamation was read by City Councilman Dean Moore and signed by Mayor Ted Terry at the February 2 City Council Meeting. We are so excited to share our proclamation, and cannot wait for this day at the museum to arrive!
City of Clarkston
Clarkston Day at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Sponsored by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, CDF Acton, and Clarkston Early Learning Network
February 29, 2016
WHEREAS, the Clarkston Early Learning Network (CELN), created in 2012, is a network of individuals, and over 25 agencies and groups committed to quality early learning in formal and informal settings for Clarkston’s diverse families and their children from birth to age 8; and
WHEREAS, the Clarkston Early Learning Network seeks to foster connections between families, early learning programs, schools, public officials, and the community; and
WHEREAS, CDF Action is the recipient of a W.K. Kellogg early learning and family engagement award to fund a Clarkston Families Decide initiative that engages families in making decisions around early learning programs, funding, and policies; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play; and
WHEREAS, through interactive exhibits and hands-on play, children have the ability to take ownership of their own learning, and develop and explore their own curiosities; and
WHEREAS, the museum continues to be the best source of hands-on exploratory learning and engagement in literacy, social studies, healthy living and the arts; and
WHEREAS, the Clarkston Early Learning Network, CDF Action, and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta are partnering to sponsor Clarkston Day at the Children’s Museum for children, teachers, and parents who are part of the Clarkston READY School, Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center, Friends of Refugee Family Literacy Program, New American Pathways Parents as Teachers Program, Young Scholars, and other child care programs serving Clarkston’s young children; and
WHEREAS, these children, parents and teachers will be among the first to experience the expansion of Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which fully recognizes the importance of early childhood education and the power of play; and
WHEREAS, parents and teachers benefit as they bear witness to children’s growth during this experience;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Clarkston City Council, I proclaim February 29, 2016 as Clarkston Day at the Children’s Museum in support of providing our children with creative, hands on early learning opportunities.