In The Community
Black History Month
Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week
The first week of February is dedicated to promoting literacy in children and inspiring a love of reading, writing, and art, and the first Saturday of February is Take Your Child to the Library Day!
Read one of the books outlined above, take your child or youth to your local library, take home a book from the Playful Little Library at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, or attend a Storytime session at the Children’s Museum at JBLM to promote reading in your home.
Every year on February 14, we are invited to express our love for the important people in our lives by exchanging cards and gifts and spending quality time together. While romantic love and gift giving are often centralized on Valentine’s Day, love takes many forms and there are lots of ways to express it!
Two forms of love are familial love, which is the deep care and appreciation we have for our family members, and platonic love, which is the love between two friends. Use these reflection questions to figure out who you’d like to show appreciation for this Valentine’s Day.
Who are the most important people in your life? How do they show their love for you? What are some ways you could show that person that you appreciate them?
Child and Youth Centered Community Survey
Children and youth – we want to hear from you!
What do you love about your neighborhood, school, places you or your grownups shop, and visit? What would you change if you could?
Answer this short survey customized for each age group to help us think about our community in new ways as we champion children and youth and make our community the best place it can be!
In appreciation for your time, we’re offering prizes for completed surveys. If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win your choice of a party at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma ($200 value) or a $100 gift card, please include your contact information in the survey.
Friendship in parenting and caregiving
In partnership with Tacoma Urban League, Being the Village is a community and social support group that offers virtual support sessions for Black and Brown mothers.
Perinatal Support Washington offers a variety of virtual and in-person support groups throughout Pierce County for new parents, women of color, fathers, and Spanish-speaking families. Perinatal Support Washington also runs a free Warm Line staffed by parents and professionals to provide understanding and private support.
The Family Connects program by Help Me Grow Pierce County offers free nurse support to families with newborns during a baby’s first three months of life and offers further resources for parent support groups.
Helping your child make friends
Parents and caregivers play an important role in a child’s ability to make friends because they are a child’s first and forever friend. By engaging in the friendship activity above, you can role play with your child to help them grasp the dynamics of conversation, sharing, and extending invitations to play.