Play Center

The Arcata Recreation Division with funding form First 5 Humboldt offers programs for families with children newborn to 5 years. Arcata Play Center is invested in Ages and Stages developmental screening. We are proud to use the #1 developmental and social-emotional screeners to give kids a great start in life. Message a facilitator on Facebook about how you and your child can get involved.
During COVID, we are excited to offer you and your little ones a wide variety of opportunities to connect and feel supported. Visit our Facebook page for all our offerings including recorded circle times and other virtually guided activities.

Only Through Observation We Really Learn Who a Child Is

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is an infant-focused, family-centered relationship-based tool, designed to sensitize caregivers to their baby's competencies and individuality, in order to foster positive parent-infant interactions.

Funded through a DHHS/First 5 ACEs Collaborative Partnership.
For newborns 0-3 months and their caregivers. 
Free Virtual Participation Includes: Teether, Rattle and Light. 
Trained Facilitators, Scarlet and Elena, offer individual sessions.

Call (707) 825-2150 to get involved.
Check out the flyer for more details.

Outdoor Guided Excursions for New Caregivers and Infants 0-1 year

January 13 – March 17, 2021

• WEDNESDAY GROUP •
Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trail

Every Wednesday of the month  
Blanket Time: 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Walk with babies from 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
(Babies in carriers or strollers)

Facilitated by Rachel Richan 
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Facilitator: Rachel Richan is a Nuerofeedback Technician certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Trauma Informed Care. She is currently researching Mind-Up, a social/emotional learning program designed to enhance self awareness, problem solving, attention, self-regulation, and pro-social behavior in young children. As someone who has lived with trauma and as a new mother, she looks forward to providing scientifically proven tools to reduce stress and provide support to other caregivers during these trying times.

January – March 2021

• SUNDAY GROUP •
Beach Babies -Mal’el Dunes (Tides permitting)
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 
*Hike with babies in carriers from 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Forest Friends - Arcata Community Forest (Redwood Park)
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month 
*Blanket Time. 10:00 - 10:45 AM and then babies into carriers for a 
*Guided 
Forest Therapy walk from 10:45 - 11:30 AM

• TUESDAY GROUP •
Beach Babies -Mal’el Dunes (Tides permitting)
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
*Hike with babies in carriers from 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Forest Friends - Arcata Community Forest (Redwood Park)
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 
*Blanket Time. 12:00 - 12:45 PM and then babies into carriers for a
*Guided 
Forest Therapy walk from 12:45 - 1:30 PM

Facilitated by Scarlet Roley
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Facilitator: Scarlet Roley IFEC-TMHP, RPF I is founder of Seaside Schoolhouse, a nature based family support service provider since 2012 and has been working to support children and families for over 16 years. She is an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Infant Family & Early Childhood Trans disciplinary Mental Health Practitioner and Reflective Practice Facilitator. As a new mother she looks forward to supporting other new parents in these ever changing times.

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Modifications have been made to ensure compliance with State and County health and safety regulations. Face coverings, physical distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be required for staff and participants to ensure everyone’s safety. Additional time will be taken for wellness screenings. Families who have traveled or had visitors from out of the area or had possible exposure to COVID-19 must wait 14 days before attending group.

Funding provided by Arcata Recreation Division and First 5 Humboldt.
Participation is free and limited to 5 families with infants 0-1 year per session. 

Pre-registration required enroll online or call 707-825-2150.
* Be sure to enroll all family members participating including your infant! 

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